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Eight people were arrested March 4, when the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) executed a search warrant at 1300 East 14th Street, The Dalles, as part of an investigation of the distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.

Kevin Dwayne Hester, 34, was arrested Jan. 31 on multiple charges by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) following the execution of a search warrant at 220 E. 12th St., Apt. C.

Karina Childers, left, and Krystal Perez, at right, are recognized by Wasco County Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer as they graduate from the Wasco County Family Dependency Court program Dec. 11.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has recovered plastic baggies of drugs, or syringes containing residue of an illicit substance, often enough in recent months to issue a public safety alert. “We are not trying to scare people, we are just trying to be proactive,” said Wasco County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Scott Williams.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said recent passage of 58 bills by the House is a record-setting legislative package to address the opioid epidemic that he describes as a “killer on a rampage.”

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill appeared before the county board last week to announce a grant from Lines for Life to equip officers at three agencies with Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, citing officer safety as the reason.