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White supremacists arrested during raid

by: KOIN 6 NEWS - Deputies on scene of a weapons and narcotics raid at a triplex on East Burnside Street. Ten people were detained. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Authorities used flashbangs and tear gas in a multi-agency raid in East Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood early Wednesday morning as part of a narcotics and weapons investigation.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office reports that 10 people were detained when law enforcement served search warrants at two units of a triplex in the 10900 block of East Burnside Street.

The sheriff’s office Special Investigation Unit (SIU), Portland police Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT) executed the warrant at about 3 a.m. Two suspects were taken into custody outside the triplex. SERT officers then set off flashbangs and ordered the rest of the occupants to come out. When they refused, SERT deployed tear gas into the units, which prompted most of them to surrender. TNT deputies searched the units and located the last suspect hiding in an attic.

The locations were 10995 E. Burnside Rd. and 10997 E. Burnside Rd. in Portland. Law enforcement officials say both addresses had been identified as a central location and gathering place for known white supremacist gang members from European Kindred, Brood and FBK.

During the searches of the two units, SIU investigators assisted by MCSO Detectives, MCSO Warrant Strike Team members, Gresham Police Department's Special Enforcement Team and a PPB drug K9 found and seized six firearms (3 semi-automatics and 2 revolvers), a rifle, drug scales and packaging materials, drug records and approximately one and a half ounces of methamphetamine packaged for street sales.

The following people were arrested and transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center for booking:

• 35-year-old Josh Sparks arrested on federal warrant for a parole violation, Felon in possession of firearm

• 42-year old Anthony Staggs arrested on a probation violation, Felon in possession of a firearm

• 48-year-old Kenneth Wellman Jr. arrested on a probation violation

• 45-year-old Jimmy Phillips arrested on probation violation

• 34-year-old Jesse Jerome Phillips arrested on a parole violation,

• 32-year-old Sarah Dunn arrested on an outstanding warrant (Possession of Methamphetamine),

• 22-year-old Danielle Palen arrested on an outstanding warrant for Theft II

• 43-year-old Jamie Coleman arrested for Failure to register as a sex offender - Felony.

Two other females were interviewed at the scene and released. One female was transported to the hospital for evaluation of a minor eye irritation.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected to be added.