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Posted on: February 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Street Crimes Unit Goes Swimming for Evidence

Photo of officer recovering evidence in the chilly Millrace waters

Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit will take any steps necessary to gather evidence, even if that includes wading the Millrace on a chilly February day. 

SCU learned of a suspect that was dealing large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin. The suspect, Nicholas Turre Jason, age 42, was observed with frequent short-stay traffic coming from the room he rented. On February 9, an SCU officer performed a traffic stop of a vehicle that was observed visiting the room. The passenger, Eric Brandon Kelsay, age 37, quickly got out and went into Jason’s hotel room, then came back out shortly. Officers contacted him at around 9:30 p.m. and recovered more than 50 grams of Methamphetamine and about 49 grams of Heroin. Kelsay was charged with Delivery Controlled Substance Heroin, Possession Controlled Substance Methamphetamine. Case 21-02161 


SCU applied for an was granted a search warrant for the room, which was served on February 10. Eugene Police SWAT assisted with serving the warrant due to potential safety elements to the contact along with K9 Officer Travis Palki and K9 Jax and SCU K9 Officer Joe Kidd and K9 Jack. Jason attempted to flee out the back, which has a straight drop off to the Millrace. He tried to gain entry into adjoining rooms, not following commands, and then he threw narcotics and cash into the millrace. He was eventually apprehended on the balcony of one of the adjoining rooms, and was arrested around 4:10 a.m. on February 10. 


An SCU officer headed up the evidence recovery from the Mill Race. Between what was recovered on Jason’s, his motel room and various balconies, officers seized $11,044 in U.S. currency, about 74 grams methamphetamine, about 178 grams of cocaine, about 12 ounce of gunpowder heroin and about 13 ounces of tar heroin. SCU was thankful for the help of Eugene Springfield Fire, as they left an engine on scene to light up the Millrace so an SCU officer could wade through the water and gather money. A staff member of Evidence Control Unit also responded to the scene to help SCU process the wet cash and take it into evidence. Nicholas Turre Jason was charged with Delivery of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine within 1,000' of a School, Commercial Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Interfering with Police, Felon in Possession Restricted Weapon, CCW (Knife). Case 21-02162 


Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit The SCU has been focusing on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips and other sources. They have been proactively responding across the city to quality of life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services. SCU is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative. The unit currently consists of a lieutenant, a sergeant and eight officers.

Photo of NicholasTurre Jason


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