Street Crimes Unit Successfully Removes Three Handguns from Street and Hands of Local Felons
The Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit has successfully removed three handguns from the street and out of the hands of local drug traffickers through their activity last week and yesterday.
Last week, SCU, with the assistance of EPD SWAT, served a narcotics search warrant on December 2 and located a couple of firearms. SCU had information that Matthew Neil Davis, age 38, of Eugene was selling narcotics from his residence in the 1800 block of Allea Drive, as well as his local hotel room.
The SCU compiled evidence and information during an ongoing narcotics investigation, which led to an SCU officer applying for and being granted a search warrant for Davis`residence as well as his vehicle. SCU learned Davis was in possession of two handguns and was actively dealing narcotics. SCU had also conducted surveillance on the Allea residence and observed a lot of frequent, short-stay traffic. SCU had EPD’s SWAT assist with the service of the search warrant. SWAT contacted Davis and another man, Roger Dale Painter, age 33, of Eugene, at 7-11 on Broadway and SWAT. Davis was cooperative and consented to a search of his motel room, which was done after the traffic stop was concluded. SWAT then assisted with serving the warrant on the Allea Drive residence. In total SCU located and seized over $16,000, two firearms, a half-pound of heroin and a quarter of a pound of methamphetamine. Davis was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin/Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine/Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, and two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Painter was charged with Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Heroin.
During this operation on December 2, officers found information that Joshua Henry Adair, age 36, had sold/traded one of the firearms for cash and heroin.
An SCU officer located the retail business that sold the firearm and developed probable cause to arrest Adair and another man who were working together to buy guns for felons.
A search warrant was granted by a Lane County Circuit Court Judge. SCU once again received assistance from SWAT to serve the warrant on December 9 at a home in the 2700 block of Payne Drive. During that, SCU located Adair with a second firearm and approximately four grams of heroin. SCU also relied on expertise from ATF to properly complete this investigation.
Adair was arrested and transported to the Lane County Jail on charges of two counts of Felon in Possession of Firearm, Firearm Transfer by Unlicensed Person, Sale of Firearms, Unlawfully Purchasing a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Heroin (felony)