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Home invasion victims charged with money laundering

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Two victims of a November home invasion pleaded not guilty in Benton County Circuit Court on Thursday to money laundering charges following their arrest Dec. 3 on suspicion of dealing marijuana.
Roommates Tejay Brian Elliott, 20, and Taylor Hughes, 21, each initially faced a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a drug house and a felony charge of dealing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school after Corvallis police officers carried out a search warrant of their residence at 1102 N.W. 23rd St on Dec. 3.
Elliott was booked at the jail and released; Hughes was cited on scene in lieu of arrest.
The Benton County District Attorney’s Office chose not to follow through with the initial charges and, instead, charged the men with felony money laundering — accusing them of knowingly conducting financial transactions involving proceeds from illegal activities.
Elliott and Hughes each face one count of criminal conspiracy to engage in money laundering, and Elliott faces two additional counts of money laundering.
Neither Elliott nor his attorney, Walter Todd of Salem, returned a message Thursday afternoon for comment. Hughes’ attorney, Brett Jaspers of Corvallis, was out of the office Thursday afternoon and also didn’t immediate return a message.
Police became suspicious of Elliott and Hughes after responding to their residence Nov. 25 for a report of a home invasion. Elliott told police that three armed men entered his residence, demanded money from him and then hit him over the head before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Lt. Cord Wood of the Corvallis Police Department.
Citing an open investigation, the district attorney’s office and the Corvallis Police Department declined to discuss the case in more detail. Police have not disclosed whether there is a link between the alleged illegal activity in the house and the robbery, nor has the district attorney’s office provided details about how the new charges came about.

Home invasion victims arrested on drug dealing charges

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The victims of last week’s home invasion were cited Tuesday morning on suspicion of dealing marijuana out of the residence.
Corvallis police booked and released 20-year-old Tejay Brian Elliott on charges of maintaining a drug house and unlawful delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. His roommate, 21-year-old Taylor Hughes, was cited at the scene on the same charges.
Corvallis police responded to their residence at 1102 N.W. 23rd St. on Nov. 25 after Elliott reported that three armed men entered his residence, demanded money from him and then hit him over the head before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The robbery suspects remain at large.
Corvallis police has not disclosed whether there is a link between the alleged drug activity and the robbery.
“I can’t rule it out at this point but I can’t definitively say 100-percent yes,” Lt. Cord Wood of the Corvallis Police Department said. “The case is still under investigation.“
Police SUVs and an incident command truck were parked outside the residence Tuesday around 8:30 a.m. as officers searched the house.
“I don’t want to get into the evidence that we seized but it was related to the delivery of controlled substances,” Wood said.

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