Putting up a flyer
Concerned citizens in Oregon got their drug dealing neighbors arrested by putting up "Heroin for sale" flyers identifying the crooks. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

A ring of drug dealers was busted recently in Oregon when police caught onto their plan. Their neighbors had posted “heroin for sale” flyers alerting police to their address and activities.

Neighbors did bulk of investigative legwork say police

A neighborhood of concerned citizens in Portland, Ore., recently celebrated the culmination of their efforts to rid their block of a house of drug dealers, according to the Daily Mail.

The house had been under observation for almost a year because of the high volume of complaints. Finally, one the drug dealers’ neighbors started putting up 8-inch by 10-inch paper flyers reading “heroin for sale” along with the names and address of the people inside.

According to OregonLive.com, a partner website to the Daily Oregonian newspaper, police are crediting the neighborhood’s residents for doing the bulk of the investigative work. Neighbors kept logs of people visiting the house, noting the time, frequency and license plate numbers.

More than modest cache found

Police raided the house in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 18. In the house, they found a portable meth lab or “boxed meth lab” as police refer to them. They also found 10.9 grams of heroin, 19.2 grams of marijuana, $4,143 in cash, almost 200 pills and a sawed off shotgun. Seven adults were arrested at the scene but only six had charges filed against them. A 15-year-old boy living in the house was placed in protective custody.

According to KGW, a Portland NBC affiliate, a neighbor brought out freshly baked chocolate chip cookies for the police involved in the raids. Sgt. John Birkbine noted that neighbors were happy for the police response and was quoted as saying “We felt like firefighters for a minute. It was good.”

Some drug dealers do advertise

Though the “heroin for sale flyers” were created by neighbors to call attention to the house, some drug dealers are brazen enough to advertise their wares. According to New York Magazine, two drug dealers started attaching business cards advertising drugs for sale on copies of the Village Voice newspaper. The presiding judge at their arraignment said she’d “never seen something as clever as this.”

According to BPDNews, a news website for the Boston Police Department, at least five different people advertising marijuana online have been arrested this year by police in Massachusetts. According to Metro.co.uk, Mizanur Rahman of Gloucester, England, was arrested recently for handing out business cards advertising heroin for sale. Police found heroin and cocaine on the 19-year-old in 2010. He was sentenced recently to 27 months in prison. Craigslist, according to DailyFinance, has been rife with overt and covert drug dealer advertising for years.


Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051872/Heroin-sale-fliers-lead-police-officers-massive-drug-bust-Oregon-town.html

OregonLive: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/10/post_133.html

KGW: http://www.kgw.com/home/Portland-home-raided-after-Heroin-for-Sale-fliers-132257893.html

New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/01/breaking_some_village_voice_re.html




CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/about/grand-rounds/archives/2011/01-February.htm

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