SEASIDE - Two Seaside men were arrested on unrelated drug trafficking charges last week.
Theodore "Ted" Zennie, 55, was arrested Thursday morning. Officers found approximately 2 ounces of heroin, scales, packaging material and money in an apartment at 560 S. Columbia St. after executing an early morning search warrant.
Zennie had also been running a $99 Essay Beach House Contest scam.
In July, he had announced he would give away his beach house in an essay contest. He asked entrants to pay $99 and write a six-line essay explaining their interest in the house.
The contest had received some media play and in interviews Zennie said he wanted to sell the house to start a new life and donate some of the money to breast cancer research.
"I felt it was a scam," said Mike Shockey, Clatsop County drug task force supervisor.
Upon his arrest, Zennie told members of the narcotic team that he had been using the contest money to pay bills and buy drugs.
The search warrant and arrest were handled by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotic Team, assisted by the Seaside Police Department and the Sheriff's office.
The arrest came at the completion of a drug investigation by the narcotic team. The investigation first began in December, Shockey said, after the team received an anonymous tip that Zennie was a "big heroin dealer."
Zennie was taken to the Clatsop County Jail where he was booked and charged. Bail is set at $115,000.
On Friday, the narcotic team arrested Adam Smith, 27, after he tried to buy Oxycodone from a narcotic detective.
Smith, not realizing he was talking with and text-messaging a detective, set up a meeting location in the 3600 block of Lief Erikson Drive in Astoria.
When Smith arrived at the meeting place, he was arrested without incident. Officers found more pills and the money Smith had agreed to purchase the drugs with.
He was taken to the Clatsop County Jail where he was booked and charged. Bail is set at $37,000.