The Mid-Columbia Narcotics Task Force was on the run last week, with drug raids in both Sherman and Hood River counties on the same day that netted three arrests.
“The team is doing an amazing job,” said Wasco County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Williams. “MINT is not only active in Wasco County and The Dalles, they are also working cases in other areas of coverage.”
MINT is comprised of law enforcement officers from the sheriff’s offices in Wasco and Hood River counties and The Dalles Police Department.
The task force provides services to Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties.
Williams said the first search warrant Dec. 15 was executed during the morning hours at 506 West Second Street in Rufus.
Following the search of a motor home and residence, Matthew J. Cobos, 38, and Shannon L. Gilman, 28 were arrested.
They both had unrelated warrants and were given new charges of delivery and possession of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as possession of schedule two and three controlled substances.
Cobos and Gilman were both lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in The Dalles.
Joining them a few hours later was Steven B. Haracourt, 41, who was taken into custody following a MINT search of his 4715 Riordan Hill Road home.
“These incidents were not connected at all, MINT was operating on warrants issued after separate investigations were conducted,” said Williams.
Haracourt was taken into custody away from his house as the subject of an active warrant for possession and distribution of heroin. He was charged with another count of possession of heroin and carrying a concealed knife.
“We go where the leads take us,” said Williams. “The same people are dealing drugs up and down the gorge so they are everybody’s problem.”
Anyone with information about the two new cases, or the activities of Cobos, Gilman and Haracourt, are asked to call the MINT tip line at 541-296-1885.