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In 2022, a Lane County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. The driver, Raymond Martin Kennedy, was initially arrested for Driving While Suspended – Misdemeanor, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, and two warrants. Follow up investigation revealed he was also in possession of three handguns (two of which were stolen) and substantial quantities of drugs including suspected fentanyl. 

With collaboration between LCSO and the Springfield Police Department, 5 total cases were eventually generated against Kennedy.  Unfortunately, Kennedy fled the state to avoid sentencing. He was eventually captured in Indiana and returned to Oregon.  

On May 8th, Kennedy pled guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Springfield Police Department and the Lane County District Attorney's Office for their work on this and related cases.