Marijuana Arrest

Albany Police - 11/13/18 

On November 9, 2018 a local auto dealer in Albany posted a vehicle for sale on an online marketplace.   The dealer received a message from a potential buyer requesting to trade a substantial amount of marijuana for the vehicle.     

The auto dealer contacted the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Task force for assistance.  An investigator from LINE made contact with the purchaser and an agreed upon amount was established in trade for the vehicle. 

At about 6:40 PM, 38 year old Matthew Theron Franks, of Independence, Oregon arrived at a predetermined meet location and was apprehended by the Taskforce.  Over 5 pounds of marijuana was seized and Franks was arrested for Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana for Consideration.  He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.

Anyone with narcotics trafficking information is encouraged to contact LINE at 541-791-0102.

The LINE Task force was established as a result of Linn County being designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2016. The team is comprised of investigators from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon State Police, Eugene office of Drug Enforcement Administration and Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

The mission of LINE is to reduce illegal drug trafficking in the Linn County area by identifying, disrupting, or dismantling drug trafficking and money laundering organizations through cooperative efforts, enforcement, and intelligence sharing by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.