October 30, 2022 6:30 a.m.
Last Wednesday, Douglas Interagency Narcotics Teams arrested a man whose vehicle contained a plethora of illegal drugs and who may be involved in recent fentanyl overdoses.
DINT Lt. Rick McArthur said detectives are interested in Caleb Plueard, 39, who was seen leaving a residence in the 1300 block of Airways Avenue in Sutherlin. A traffic stop was initiated by a Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy, at which time Plueard was contacted by DINT detectives. Drug Detection K9 Trapper was applied to Plueard’s vehicle and he alerted, giving his handler the signal that he detected the smell of narcotics coming from inside the vehicle.
McArthur said a search of the vehicle revealed several controlled substances, including:
*421 grams (almost a pound) of suspected methamphetamine
*2.4 grams of suspected cocaine
*6.6 grams of suspected heroin
*5.3 grams of fentanyl powder
*13 suspected counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl
*Several other dosage units of various non-prescription pharmaceutical drugs
McArthur said Plueard was jailed for unlawful possession and delivery of heroin, methamphetamine and Schedule II controlled substances, two counts of conspiracy to commit a Class A felony and a violation of the Conditional liberation. He was held without bail.
McArthur said whether these seized drugs or a particular suspect was directly involved in the recent fentanyl overdoses has not been determined. McArthur said fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Experimenting with fentanyl or any other illicit drug is always dangerous, but even more so now with the proliferation of fentanyl in Douglas County. McArthur said ingesting even a small amount can be fatal. Fentanyl can be mixed with any common street drug, with or without the knowledge of the user.
McArthur said illicit drug use should be avoided at all costs.