Three Oregon men were arrested on drug charges following a investigation by the Estherville Police Department last week into door-to-door sales and distribution of illegal drugs.
According to a release from the police department, a complainant reported several subjects staying in a local motel who were using and selling marijuana and heroin. There were also several reports of the same subjects going door to door in the area and using high pressure sales tactics.
Later Thursday, officers located the subjects and identified them following a complaint of them knocking on doors. The investigation led to the officers obtaining two search warrants for two rooms at the Super 8 Motel in Estherville to search for illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. It was reported that some members of the sales team had left the area, after being told by law enforcement officers that door-to-door sales requires a permit.
In the late hours of Thursday, officers executed the search warrants simultaneously on the motel rooms. The officers, with the assistance of Max the police department's K-9, located several items of drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs, as well as illegal prescription drugs in the rooms of the suspects.
Following the search of the rooms, officers placed Matthew Paul Karr, age 36, of Clackamas, Ore., Joshua Ray Pitchford, 24, of Boring Ore., and Cory Alan Davis, 21, of Portland, Ore., under arrest.
Karr was charged with possession of a controlled substance-heroin, a Class C Felony, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Karr remains in the Emmet County Jail on a $66,950 cash only bond.
Pitchford was charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. He remains in the Emmet County Jail on a $1,950 cash only bond. Davis was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs, a serious misdemeanor. Davis remains in the Emmet County Jail on a $1,950 cash bond.
"On behalf of the Estherville Police Department, I would like to thank the citizens for their assistance in this case, as well as the officers for their time and commitment to this and all cases," said Estherville Captain Brent Shatto. "Without the help of the public, we would find it much more difficult to take these people off of our streets."
The police department would also like to remind citizens that if they have any questions about door to door sales people or have any information about any illegal activity to contact the police department at (712)362-3515 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can message the police department on our Facebook page.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.