PPB Central Precinct Officers Continue High Visibility Mission Downtown-Drugs, Weapons, Money Seized, Arrests Made (Photo)

May 25, 2020 12:22

  

On May 24, 2020, Central Precinct officers assigned to conduct focused patrol in Old Town and The Pearl District seized guns, drugs, and money related to several arrests for crimes in progress.

At 7:00 a.m., officers were in the area of Northwest 22nd Avenue and Northwest Nicolai Street on reports of two individuals in a vehicle who were using illegal drugs and were slumped over in the vehicle. Officers responded to conduct a welfare check of the vehicle occupants.

Officers made contact with the subject in the driver's seat of the vehicle. The subject initially provided false information regarding his identity to the officers. The subject was taken into custody. It was learned the subject in the driver seat had items consistent with a person illegally distributing drugs (Photo).

Officers continued to investigate, and it was learned the passenger of the vehicle was in possession of illegal drugs, several stolen identifications, fraudulently created credit cards, debit cards, and multiple victim's sensitive personal and financial information.

Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

The subject in the driver's seat, 34-year-old Ryan Paul Lavers (Photo) was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Xanax), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Furnishing False Information to a Peace Officer.

The subject in the passenger seat, 29-year-old Michael Scott Crist (Photo) was charged with Possession of Heroin, Identity Theft, and three counts of Aggravated Identity Theft.

At 9:27 a.m., officers were in the area of Northwest Broadway Boulevard and Northwest Flanders Street. Officers contacted a subject inside a tent that was illegally erected and obstructing part of the sidewalk. Sitting next to the subject was a backpack with a knife attached to it. When officers went to move the backpack with the knife for their safety, they saw a gun inside the tent. The subject was taken into custody. In addition to the firearm, drugs were located (Photos). The subject was also a convicted felon and had failed to register as a sex offender.

59-year-old Carlos Rodrigues-Lance (Photo) was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

At 2:00 p.m. officers were in the same area and made contact with an individual who had an active warrant for his arrest. Officers arrested 42-year-old Raphael Jonathan Heller (Photo) for the warrant. During his arrest, drugs and money were found on his person (Photo).
Heller was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), and Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

The Portland Police Bureau will continue to conduct the focused patrol missions in the Old Town and Pearl Districts for 30 days from the start of the missions and will reassess at the end of the 30 day period. The focus of the missions is to provide a visible presence in the area to increase public safety; officers are interdicting crimes if crimes are witnessed. While arrests are not the priority for the mission, officers will make arrests in the interest of public safety if officers learn of crimes in progress or planned.

PPB asks if someone witnesses a crime in progress to call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency or the non-emergency number, 503-823-3333, for non-emergency information.

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