Three arrested, others detained in drugs, weapons bust

Three arrested, others detained in drugs, weapons bust
Authorities seized a marijuana grow during the raid Friday morning. (Photo: Stephen Mayer, KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Authorities investigating white supremacist gangs accused of selling drugs and guns raided two Portland homes, arrested three people and detained four others early Friday morning.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office investigators and the Portland Police Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) severed search warrants at two neighboring homes, located at 8233 and 8234 E. Burnside Street, at around 4:30 a.m., according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Steve Alexander.

Police said they seized nine handguns, two rifles, $1,500 in cash, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy and more than 75 marijuana plants.

Police arrested 23-year-old Ryan Darby, 25-year-old Dustin Silva and 47-year-old Shanan Queen. Darby and Silva were arrested for violating parole and Queen was arrested for delivery for consideration of meth and a felon in possession of firearms.

All three are from Portland and were taken to the Multnomah County Jail.

Police said three juveniles were interviewed and placed into protective custody, and one person was interviewed and released.

The ongoing investigation, named Operation White Christmas by police, began in December, 2013. Authorities are targeting white supremacist gang members and others accused of drug and gun trafficking.

The sheriff's office has not yet released specific details about the charges.