By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Police arrested two men last week for methamphetamine delivery charges.
According to Keizer Police the incident stemmed from a December 2009 arrest, where Julie K. Hite was arrested for possessing meth along with child endangerment.
Keizer Police Sgt. Robert Trump stated officers learned who was supplying the meth to the arrested woman and began an investigation. According to Trump, the department’s Community Response Unit learned of two men “regularly selling meth and other controlled substances in the Keizer/Salem area.”
Officers have arrested two men, and say one’s car was found to have nearly a half-ounce of meth packaged for resale.
Police said a Polk County Sheriff K9 officer “alerted” on one of the suspect’s vehicles, “indicating that controlled substances were likely inside,” Trump said. After seizing the vehicle and obtaining a search warrant, Trump said methamphetamine was found inside along with items officers believe are stolen.
Officers also obtained a search warrant on May 27 at 871 Rosemont Ave. NW in Salem – the last known residence for one of the suspects – where officers located a marijuana grow site determined to be operated legally within the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
Trump stated officers also found “meth and meth-related smoking devices” in the home.
Officers have seized a total of 32.6 grams of meth and about 4.1 grams of marijuana in the case.
Arrested were Joseph Elmo Mitchell, 23, and Matthew Jacob Hendrix, 32, both of Salem, with identical charges. They face two counts each of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver meth. They also each face a single charge of unlawful marijuana delivery. Bail for each was set at $1,080,000.