1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Currently the Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) is made up of narcotics officers, sergeants, a financial investigator, an Analyst and non sworn administrative employees. The unit works closely with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and eliminate illegal drug trafficking organizations (DTO’s) in the Portland area and provides training and education on drug trends and illegal drug activity to other divisions within the Police Bureau and the community alike. The Drugs and Vice Division is also responsible for investigating all liquor license and social gaming applications as well as processing for forfeiture all assets seized from criminal activity.
The primary objective of the Drugs and Vice Division is to conduct investigations with the purpose of arresting drug dealers and seizing assets acquired through illegal means. The unit initiates investigations based on information received from a variety of sources including; street officers, community members, confidential informants, and other law enforcement agencies. The focus of the enforcement effort is directed towards mid and upper level drug dealers as well as shutting down chronic drug houses.
Drug Overdose Investigations
Drug related deaths in the State of Oregon continue to be an alarming trend, which has seen an increase annually. The vast majority of deaths are caused by heroin and prescription opiate pills. The division follows up on all possible overdose death related investigative leads to determine the entire chain of supply for those who distributed the illegal drugs that caused the fatal overdose. Investigating officer’s work closely with the local District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to ensure the maximum sentencing possible for these offenders.
The Drugs and Vice Division hopes to directly impact the number of overdose related deaths through enforcement and community education. This attempt is part of an overall effort to identify and target specific drug related problems and allocate resources appropriately.
Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005
Up until the year 2004, the State of Oregon saw a dramatic rise in methamphetamine lab seizures totaling 467 for the year. This was a five year trend of increasing meth-amphetamine lab seizures. In 2005 Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act, which limited the availability of pseudoephedrine as well as other precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Since the passing of this law, and the State of Oregon requiring certain medication to be sold over the counter, Oregon has seen a drastic decline in methamphetamine production with a total of only 10 methamphetamine lab seizures in 2011.
Drug K-9 Program
The primary role of the Drug Dog Detection Program is to assist in narcotics investigations by using the unique capabilities of the K-9 as an investigative tool. The drug detection dogs assist investigators in locating hidden drugs and money that may not otherwise be found by their human counterparts. The K-9 partners also assist in providing probable cause to apply for search warrants when they alert on cars, packages, luggage, storage units, safes and other items.
Liquor License Investigations
The Liquor License Investigator’s main responsibility is to investigate existing businesses where alcohol is sold and to make recommendations to the OLCC on the suitability of businesses to have liquor licenses. In performing this function, the Liquor License Investigator works closely with the police bureau’s precincts, OLCC, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and various neighborhood groups.
Mismanaged liquor outlets can greatly affect neighborhood livability. The liquor license investigation process gives neighborhoods, and the City of Portland, an avenue to hold such outlets accountable to the public. The investigator uses a variety of problem-solving techniques to ensure that only responsible outlets are granted licenses.
Yearly Statistical Information / Arrests, Seizures, Activity
The Pill Problem (Video)
A Program to eliminate chronic nuisance drug house locations.