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Ten locals swept up in big meth bust

Criminal forfeiture filed for three properties.

By Richard Hanners

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on April 30, 2018 5:30PM

Last changed on May 1, 2018 5:31PM

Tyler Dehiya

Tyler Dehiya

Mitchel Long

Mitchel Long

Kathy Meyer

Kathy Meyer

Elizabeth Pace

Elizabeth Pace

Aaron Roseberry

Aaron Roseberry

Nicole Shaffer

Nicole Shaffer

Olle Starnes

Olle Starnes

Vincent Tietjen

Vincent Tietjen

Glen Wadley

Glen Wadley

Katie Watt

Katie Watt


The Grant County Interagency Narcotics Team arrested 10 people on drug-related charges April 28 after executing search warrants on two properties in Mt. Vernon and one in John Day.

The warrants were the culmination of an ongoing investigation of a covert drug operation that has lasted more than a year, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office press release.

“During the searches, methamphetamine, money, drug paraphernalia, stolen firearms and vehicles were among some of the things seized at the residences,” the press release said.

Grant County Undersheriff Zach Mobley, who supervises the Interagency Narcotics Team with Oregon State Police Sgt. Tom Hutchison, described the drug problem in the local community as an epidemic. The sheriff’s office said the case isn’t over, and more arrests and warrants are pending.

According to court records, the 10 people arrested April 28 were:

• Tyler D. Dehiya, 24, Mt. Vernon, was charged with 10 drug-related counts, including seven felonies. Several charges allege possession, manufacture and delivery of meth, one count is for criminal conspiracy and one count is for frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

That place is a camp trailer that was parked inside a wood-framed garage on Ingle Street in Mt. Vernon. The state filed a criminal forfeiture charge alleging that the camp trailer is subject to forfeiture to the state. Dehiya is being held in Grant County Jail on a $130,000 bond.

• Vincent R. Tietjen, 52, Mt. Vernon, was charged with eight drug-related counts, all felonies. He faces multiple charges of possession, manufacture and delivery of meth and one count of civil forfeiture.

The state alleges that the following property is subject to civil forfeiture: $270 in cash; the land, improvements and single-wide trailer at a site on East Riverside Street in Mt. Vernon; a white 1986 Ford pickup; and a black Toyota Corolla. Tietjen is being held in Grant County Jail on a $240,000 bond.

• Olle L. Starnes, 47, John Day, was charged with 11 drug-related charges, including seven felonies. Several charges allege possession, manufacture and delivery of meth, and one count is for criminal conspiracy with Nicole Shaffer, who was also arrested and charged.

Starnes was also charged with one count of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used. That place is a house on Highway 26 west of John Day. The state filed a criminal forfeiture charge alleging that the John Day property is subject to forfeiture to the state. Starnes is being held in Grant County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

• Elizabeth Pace, 40, John Day, was charged with eight drug-related counts, including three felonies. In addition to charges of possession and delivery of meth, she faces one charge of tampering with physical evidence by allegedly trying to destroy meth and one charge of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, that is the same house on Highway 26 west of John Day.

The state also filed a criminal forfeiture charge seeking forfeiture of $148 in cash; the property on Highway 26 west of John Day; and a 2008 Lexus E35. Pace is being held in Grant County Jail on a $95,000 bond.

• Katie M. Watt, 31, Mt. Vernon, was charged with nine drug-related counts, including five felonies. In addition to unlawful possession, manufacture and delivery of meth, she faces one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, that is the house on Ingle Street in Mt. Vernon, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Watt is being held in Grant County Jail on a $125,000 bond.

• Nicole C. Shaffer, 21, Mt. Vernon, was charged with five drug-related counts, including three felonies. In addition to possession and delivery of meth, she faces one count of criminal conspiracy with Starnes. Shaffer is being held in Grant County Jail on a $90,000 bond.

• Mitchel D. Long, 47, John Day, was charged with three drug-related counts, including one felony charge of meth possession and two misdemeanor counts of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, that is on North Mountain Boulevard in Mt. Vernon and the same house on Highway 26 west of John Day. He is being held in Grant County Jail on a $35,000 bond.

• Aaron M. Roseberry, 31, Canyon City, was charged with felony possession of meth and a misdemeanor count of frequenting a place where controlled substances are used, that is on Ingle Street in Mt. Vernon. He is being held in Grant County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

• Kathy L. Meyer, 45, Mt. Vernon, was charged with felony criminal conspiracy with Tietjen that involved the delivery of meth and possessing materials for packaging meth. She is being held in Grant County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

• Glen Wadley is listed in the Grant County Sheriff’s Office’s press release as part of the drug bust, but no court information was available at press time. He is being held in Grant County Jail on a probation violation, according to the jail roster.



















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