Drug team raids two houses in the West Valley, arrests four
Multiple law enforcement agencies, headed by the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics team, closed in on two suspected drug houses — one each in Sheridan and Willamina — Thursday morning and made four arrests in addition to seizing drug records, methamphetamine, packaging material and scales.
YCINT detectives served the search warrants about 6 a.m. at the houses. Detectives began working the cases about a month ago after neighbors expressed concern to the sheriff's office. Detectives targeted the houses based on high traffic volume and late night activities.
Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree, who doubles as the YCINT chair, said quality of life issues are a constant concern of the drug team. He praised detectives for focusing on the two houses.
* Lonnie Ray Dement Jr., 36, of 258 E. Main St., Sheridan, on one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and frequenting a place where a controlled substance is used; bail was set at $22,500.
* Michael Edward Ford, 35, of 498 S.E. Jackson St., Willamina, on one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance; bail was set at $17,500.
* Heidi Kathleen Hicinbothom, 44, of the Jackson Street address, on one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance; bail was set at $17,500.
* Ali Janelle Sweatland, 38, of 710 S.W. Alicia St., Sheridan, on a probation violation/underlying charge of custodial interference; no-bail hold.
The search warrants were served at the Main Street address in Sheridan and the Jackson Street address in Willamina.
"Criminals who infringe on other people's right to peaceful living need to be dealt with," Crabtree said. "These types of houses breed criminal activity, which eventually leads to thefts, burglaries and other property crimes.
"Information from citizens and West Valley deputies assisted in giving YCINT the information they needed to shut these two housues down."
The drug team was assisted by the sheriff's office, McMinnville Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team.
Anyone with information on this case or any suspected drug activity should contact sheriff's Sgt. Chris Ray at 503-434-7506.