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On 01/04/2024 an ongoing investigation involving Lane County Sheriff’s deputies led them to contact the occupants of a Chrysler 300 sedan in the parking lot of the West Lane Center near Hwy 126. and Territorial Hwy. in Veneta yesterday afternoon.  

All three of the vehicle’s occupants were detained under suspicion of drug trafficking.  24-year-old Ronald Antonio Aguilar-Espinoza and 19-year-old Edil Mario Zuniga-Navarro were both discovered to have warrants out of Multnomah County for Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  The third occupant was identified as 55-year-old Josef Dylan Burns.

During the course of the investigation investigators located and seized nearly 1 pound of suspected fentanyl powder, several hundred suspected pressed fentanyl pills, and about 3 ounces of suspected heroin.  A related search warrant also led to the seizure of two firearms.

All three involved were arrested and charged with various drug crimes.  Anguilar-Espinoza and Zuniga-Navarro were also lodged at the Lane County Jail related to their warrants.  This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be considered.