Hermiston Police Department - Search Warrant leads to discovery of drugs, arrests made.

Release Date: 
04/16/2013

On the 15th of April 2013, at approximately 5:30 PM, officers of the Hermiston Police Department attempted to locate Tarra K. Johnson, 24 years of age of Hermiston, at the Sunset Motel located at 425 North 1st Street.  Johnson had a warrant for her arrest.  Johnson was located in room #36 and during the initial contact officers could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the room which also had (4) small children and (2) male adults inside.

Officers worked with the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office and a search warrant for the room was subsequently applied for and granted, by a Hermiston Circuit Court judge.

Officers arrested and charged the following people:

Tarra K. Johnson (24 YOA) of 225 NW 13th Street #A, Hermiston, with Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used, (4) counts of Endangering the Welfare of Minor, and Possession of Less than Ounce of Marijuana within 1000' of a School.

Adam G. Saad (21 YOA) a transient of Hermiston, with Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used, (4) counts of Endangering the Welfare of Minor, and Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana within 1000' of a School.

Rodney B. Virgil (51 YOA) of 1145 8th Place, Hermiston, with Unlawful Possession of Meth, Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used, (4) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana within 1000’ of a School.

The trio was processed at the Hermiston Police Department before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.

The Department of Human Services assisted with taking the (4) children ranging from a newborn to 6 years old, into protective custody.

“Though the individual contacts this department has had with this trio have been minor, this is yet another example of poor decision making where children are negatively impacted.  I would like to thank the Department of Human Services for continuing to be a resource for law enforcement.” by Chief Jason Edmiston.


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