Drug investigation leads to three arrests in Deschutes River Woods

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Three people have been arrested on drug and related charges at a home in Deschutes River Woods and more arrests are expected in an undercover narcotics investigation, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team reported.

For several months, drug team investigators have received information about alleged methamphetamine sales by a 23-year-old transient, Roderick Robert Erikson. Undercover detectives collected information about his movements and patterns, leading to surveillance at a home in the 60300 block of Cheyenne Road, at the south end of Deschutes River Woods, said Bend police Lt. Kevin Sawyer.

The residence was one Erickson was known to frequent and arrange for meth sales, Sawyer said. Detectives watched the residence until Erickson returned, then made contact shortly before 4 p.m. Monday with Erickson and two women identified as Ambrosia Claudia Johnson, 19, also a transient, and Cynthia Ella Burness, 39, who lived at the address.

During the contact, detectives discovered about an ounce of methamphetamine, several doses of LSD, drug records, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia, Sawyer said. Erikson also had a concealed weapon that is a restricted weapon for a convicted felon, the officer said.

All three suspects were taken into custody and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. Erikson faces charges of delivery and possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and a felony warrant for parole violation. Johnson is accused of possession of a controlled substance, while Burness was held on a probation violation.

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