Drug officers say a Bend fentanyl dealer threw a bag of drugs from his car when he was arrested, arrested N. de Terrebonne

They were picked up, seized; he later fell unconscious in a patrol car

TERREBONNE, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Bend man, an alleged trafficker of fentanyl pills, threw a bag of drugs out the car window while stopped on Highway 97 north of Terrebonne early Friday, then apparently passed out in the back of a patrol car, requiring a trip to the hospital before going to jail, authorities said.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team concluded a short-term investigation with the arrest of the 41-year-old man, who allegedly imported fentanyl pills from the Portland area and distributed them in central Oregon, CODE Team Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.

A multi-county surveillance operation led to a 4 a.m. traffic stoppage on Highway 97 from the man’s station wagon. As they pulled up, the man allegedly threw a package containing a commercial quantity of fake fentanyl tablets from the moving vehicle.

“Looks like he tore it up first and then threw it in the ditch” next to the highway, Vander Kamp said, adding that the stoppage happened south of the Crooked River Gorge bridge and at the north of Lower Bridge Road, partly to make sure he wasn’t thrown into the canyon.

“The bag emptied upon hitting the ground, but only a little,” the sergeant said. “But it was a mess,” where drug operatives used flashlights to pick up drugs in the predawn darkness.

CODE team detectives and deputies gathered and seized a commercial quantity of fake fentanyl pharmaceutical tablets and other evidence of commercial drug sales.

As he was being taken to Deschutes County Jail in Bend, the man became unconscious in the back of the patrol car, Vander Kamp said. The deputy fired on the shoulder and provided emergency medical intervention.

Redmond Fire & Rescue paramedics arrived and transported the man to St. Charles Redmond, where he was treated and then handed over to deputies, Vander Kamp said. He was imprisoned for possession and distribution of drugs, as well as tampering with evidence.

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