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An investigation conducted by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotic Team with the assistance of the United States Coast Guard has resulted in the arrest of five subjects on drug related charges early Tuesday and one subject for Boating Under the Influence on Wednesday.
The initial investigation began with reports of possible drug trafficking involving multiple fishing vessels based out of the Warrenton Marina. Information provided by the United States Coast Guard and the Oregon State Police indicated the involved fishing vessel to be the “Silver Girl”, operated by Raymond Dean Graves, 37, of Warrenton. Coast Guard personnel also identified fishing vessels “Dorby S” and “Michelle D” as possibly associated with illegal drug activity.
A subsequent investigation led to the execution of a “high risk” vehicle stop, with the assistance of the Seaside Police Department and the Gearhart Police Department, on Highway 101 at the north end of Gearhart. The vehicle involved was driven by Todd Leslie Norman, 45, of the South County area. Norman was arrested on the charges of Conspiracy and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. Graves, a passenger in the vehicle, was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and was arrested on the charges of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Dina Raye Bianchi, 44, of the South County area was also a passenger in the vehicle. Bianchi was wanted on an outstanding warrant and was also found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. Bianchi was arrested on the warrant and the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
Detectives, with the assistance of the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Warrenton Police Department and the Oregon State Police, executed a search warrant at Grave’s residence, 91949 Highway 104, Warrenton, Oregon. Jason Gene Karna, 41, of Warrenton, was apprehended as he attempted to escape through a window at the rear of the residence. Karna was arrested on an outstanding warrant and the charge of Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine.
A second vehicle associated with the investigation, owned and operated by Timothy John Esposito, 32, of the Taylorville area, was located by an Oregon State Police Trooper at the Bradley State Park. Esposito was arrested on the charges of Conspiracy and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine.
On Wednesday afternoon Detectives and a team of Coast Guard personnel boarded and executed a search of the fishing vessels “Silver Girl”, “Michelle D” and “Dorby S”. The “Dorby S”, operated by Robert Edward Graves, 42, of Warrenton had just gone under way and was escorted back by Coast Guard personnel. Coast Guard personnel arrested Graves on the charge of Boating Under the Influence. A small amount of marijuana was also located on the “Dorby S”.