By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The Keizer Police Department Community Response Unit uncovered a trove of drugs and guns while executing a search warrant on a nuisance property Monday, May 8.
Keizer and Salem police officers executed the warrant – issued for a high probability that controlled substances were being used and delivered there – about 4:45 a.m. at 4945 Delight Street N.
“We received several complaints from more than one neighbor, and everyone noticed the continual foot and vehicular traffic,” said KPD Deputy Police Chief Jeff Kuhns.
Investigators also had probable cause to believe the primary resident sold oxycodone on two separate occasions from the home.
Six occupants and a dog were found inside, but only Kevin Ivan Lara-Alvarez, 24, aka Kevin Lara, was arrested.
Investigators allege Lara is the primary person responsible for the residence where he maintained and sold controlled substances. When the suspect was taken into custody he was found to have in excess of $3,400 cash on his person. Police also found marijuana, more than 400 oxycodone pills that were packaged for sale, packaged heroin (approximately 25 grams), methamphetamine (more than a gram), cocaine, crack cocaine (more than 13 grams), buprenorphine pills and alprazolam pills.
There was also evidence Alvarez was extracting THC from marijuana for use in edibles including cereal treats and brownies. Extracting THC is now a felony in Oregon for unlicensed manufacturers because of the dangers and risks associated with it.
The Salem Police Department Bomb Squad was also called to the scene to investigate a suspicious device found among a stockpile of firearms, at least two were stolen. The largest of the weapons was a PTR-91F, a .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle with bi-pod and scope.
Police went in at the early hour because they suspected the occupants had firearms and presented an imminent danger. It also prevented interruption to students getting to school at Cummings Elementary School (385 feet away) and McNary High School (901 feet away).
Lara-Alvarez is charged with: three counts of possession of oxycodone, one count of heroin possession, one count of methamphetamine possession, one count of cocaine possession, one count of manufacturing marijuana extract, two counts of theft by receiving, one count of tampering with evidence, maintaining a place where controlled substances are used and six counts of delivery of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school.
His bail was set at $405,000.