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Heroin dealer arrested in death of Tigard woman

Beaverton police detective responds to drug overdose call


Authorities arrested a suspected heroin dealer who they say is responsible for the overdose death of a Tigard woman.

Raul Reyes Ramirez, 35, also known as “Vicky” was arrested on Dec. 23, 2013, according to a federal affidavit filed last week in U.S. District Court, after he allegedly sold heroin across Portland and Washington County. Ramirez

FBI special agent Yaqub Prowell, who filed the affidavit, is a member of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Westside Interagency Narcotics Task Force.

The group is comprised of members of various law enforcement divisions who work to stamp out drug trafficking across the county.

According to the affidavit, task force member and Beaverton Police Department Detective Charles Wujcik responded to a call of a drug overdose in the 7700 block of Southwest Pfaffle Street on Dec. 18.

There he found Michelle Lee Conklin, 43, dead from a heroin overdose.

Her husband, Bryan Conklin, told authorities he and his wife had been using heroin and methadone for more than two decades, but she had not taken drugs for several months.

On Dec. 17, Conklin purchased half a gram of heroin from a dealer and shared some of it with his wife, he said.

He estimated he injected her with about 30 percent of the drug, he told authorities.

“He was concerned that the more heroin she used in one injection, the more dangerous it would be,” the affidavit claimed.

Conklin took the remaining 70 percent, and then passed out.

When he awoke, his wife was lying face down in a hallway, unconscious and unresponsive.

A medical examiner declared her dead shortly after midnight on Dec. 18.

Conklin told authorities the name of his dealer who, in turn, told police he received his heroin supply from “a Hispanic male posing as a female he knew only as ‘Vicky,’ ” and identified Ramirez from a photograph.

Ramirez allegedly sold an ounce of heroin a day to the dealer for $600.

Narcotics officers followed Ramirez for several days, and on Friday, Dec. 20, obtained a search warrant to search his Vancouver, Wash., home.

As investigators searched the home, authorities stopped Ramirez as he was driving in Hillsboro, where he was arrested without incident.

Officers reportedly seized a narcotics scale, packaging and between six and 10 ounces of heroin from the home in their search.

According to the affidavit, Ramirez has been the focus of several heroin investigations in Portland and Washington County, including another overdose death in Tigard on Nov. 18.

Ramirez was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of a parole violation. He is being held on federal drug charges.




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