At approximately 2:39 p.m. on Sunday, Bend Police officers were called to the La Quinta Inn in the 61000 block of South U.S. Highway 97 after hotel employees discovered a bag left behind in one of the rooms. To their shock, the employee who opened the bag found drugs inside.
The individual who had booked the room was identified as 43-year-old Richard Allan Wescott of Toledo. Shortly after the discovery, Wescott contacted the hotel to report that he would return to retrieve the bag. Responding to the situation, 43-year-old Jeremy Scott Boggs arrived at the La Quinta at around 4:28 p.m. He informed the police that Wescott was waiting in a parked vehicle across the street.
Both Wescott and Boggs both said ownership of the bag belonged to the other, sparking suspicion among the officers. Upon inspecting the contents, the police uncovered a staggering stash of illegal substances. The bag contained more than 1,000 fentanyl pills, 82 grams of fentanyl powder, 46 grams of tar heroin, and 6 grams of methamphetamine. Additionally, digital scales and packaging material were found inside the bag. Wescott was also found in possession of more than $1,600 in his wallet.
As a result of the investigation, both Boggs and Wescott were placed under arrest on multiple charges. Boggs was arrested on an in-state warrant, felony possession of a controlled substance, manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance (twice), felony possession of heroin, manufacture of heroin, delivery of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. Wescott, on the other hand, faced charges of being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon, felony possession of a controlled substance, manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance (twice), felony possession of heroin, manufacture of heroin, delivery of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine. Both individuals were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.
The Bend Police expressed gratitude to the employees of La Quinta Inn for their proactive action, leading to the successful resolution of the investigation. The discovery and arrests have undoubtedly prevented potential harm to the community, highlighting the importance of cooperation between law enforcement and the public in combating drug-related crimes.
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