Hermiston Police News: BENT Drug Bust Leads to Arrest

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On the 30th of July 2015 at approximately 5:30 AM, members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team executed a search warrant on behalf of the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team (BENT) at 563 E Hurlburt Ave in Hermiston.

Though not present at the time of the warrant being served, the occupant of the residence, Jose Edgar Salvador Cervantes 31 years of age of that address, was located around 9AM on a traffic stop.

Cervantes was ultimately charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance – Oxycodone, Unlawful (Felon) Possession of a Firearm, and Frequenting/Maintaining a Place Where Controlled Substances are Used before being lodged in the county jail.

“Mr. Cervantes is very well known to all law enforcement in Umatilla County.  He has a history of being involved in numerous investigations of extreme violence to include attempted murder. We are hopeful the commercial quantities of controlled substances seized coupled with the firearm will finally lead to a sentence of incarceration. This is a great example of how the specialists of the OSP SWAT team and the hard working detectives of the drug task force can help augment one another for the betterment of this community," reports Chief Jason Edmiston.

BENT is comprised of the Hermiston Police Department, Pendleton Police Department, Oregon State Police, Boardman Police Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Milton-Freewater Police Department and Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

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