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Day: March 7, 2013

Three arrested on drug charges

Cesar Enrique Leon-Barbosa
Cesar Enrique Leon-Barbosa

On March 6, detectives with the Keizer Police Department helped serve search warrants and arrested three men.

KPD detectives worked with members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Salem-area Task Force as well as special agents with the Oregon Department of Justice.

Warrants were served around 8 a.m. Wednesday at Platinum Spa Auto Detail at both 3298 River Road N. and 2005 Lane Avenue NE in Salem, as well as 5270 Woodwind Court N. in Keizer.

Arrested were 28-year-old Cesar Enrique Leon-Barbosa of Keizer, 48-year-old Samuel DeJesus Diaz-Zermeno of Salem and 35-year-old Jesus Ubaldo Leon-Barbosa of Salem.

The Keizer man was charged with five counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, with bail set at $2.5 million. He was also charged with five counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine as well as two counts each of unlawful delivery of cocaine and unlawful possession of cocaine. His brother was charged with two counts each of possession and delivery of methamphetamine. Diaz-Zermeno was charged with unlawful delivery of one pound of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

The arrests made following a long-term investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine. In 2010, KPD detectives began an investigation into information that Cesar Leon-Barbosa, who owns Platinum Spa Auto Detail, was selling methamphetamine from his business locations and was assisted by his brother, Jesus Leon-Barbosa.

Samuel DeJesus Diaz-Zermeno was contacted as part of this investigation on March 6 and was found to be in possession of one pound of methamphetamine. During the the investigation, investigators recovered more than one and a half pounds of methamphetamine, around one and a half ounces of cocaine as well as scales and more than $67,000 in cash.

The street value for the controlled substances is approximately $25,000. The three men were booked into the Marion County Corrections Facility. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and additional arrests are expected.