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Pendleton police and members of the Blue Mountain Narcotics Enforcement Team raided a drug house Wednesday in Pendleton. BENT leader and Pendleton police Sgt. Rick Jackson said information that led to the bust came from arrests earlier in the week.

Neighbors said the single-story rental home at 603 S.W. Second St. had a reputation for drug dealing. Jackson said several citizens complained about the house as "a problem area" and "a drug house."

That led Pendleton police Sunday to arrest Travis James Virgil, 26, and Kaila Leann Ruth, 26, both of Pendleton, for possession and delivery of methamphetamine.

"They had 30 grams of meth -- that's a substantial quantity in the county," he said.

And more than enough to sell. A "normal use" is about a quarter of a gram, according to police.

Pendleton police handed the information to BENT, which obtained a warrant to search the home for drugs, drug records, and items and materials for drug dealing, Jackson said. Pendleton police and BENT executed that warrant about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Jackson said the bust was "low key," meaning officers did not have to bust down doors and use other dynamic tactics to enter the house.

Jackson said police at the scene arrested and released Terra K. Johnson, 25, and Adam G. Saad, 22, for one count each of frequenting a place where drugs are used and four counts each of endangering the welfare of a minor. Johnson was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear.

There were two younger children and a pair of month-old babies at the home. Police also found "user quantities" of meth during the search, Jackson said, so more charges are pending, along with more busts.

"There will be -- not just probably -- there will be additional search warrants in connection with this case," Jackson said.

He also credited Pendleton patrol officers with helping make the case and slowing down the high volume of traffic at the residence.

Contact Phil Wright at pwright@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0833.

This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.

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