Police served search warrants on multiple locations in the early morning of Sept. 12th, around 5:00 a.m., netting guns, drugs and cash.

The Gresham Police Department's Special Enforcement Team identified a large-scale drug trafficking organization operating in the Portland Metro area. During the three-month long investigation, Gresham Detectives identified and arrested four suspects believed to be trafficking large amounts of narcotics into the Portland Metro area and stashing them at various locations from Gresham to Aloha.

With the assistance of local law enforcement agencies and federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), detectives seized a total of 55 pounds of Methamphetamine, 9 pounds of Heroin, 6 handguns, 2 assault rifles and nearly $230,000 in cash. The street value of the listed narcotics is estimated at more than one $1,000,000.

Gresham Police Detective Michael Webb said "It was a lot of hard work but it paid off. Getting that amount of drugs off the street is going to make a huge impact."

Francisco Poncho Alvarez, 48, of Portland was charged with one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

Ulises Mayares Jr., 24, of Portland was charged with one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

Marbello Modesto Guzman, 25, of Portland was charged with one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Child Neglect in the First Degree.

Carlos Ortega-Estrella, 33, of Aloha was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant unrelated to the case and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Charges of one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), one count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance (Heroin), will be submitted to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration.