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2 men accused of dealing heroin in Helena

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 3:51 PM Updated:

(HELENA) Two men have been accused of dealing heroin in Helena.

Omar Torres of Washington and Edgar Quevedo-Rocha of Oregon appeared before Judge Swingley on Monday on charges of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, a felony.

According to court documents, during a Missouri River Drug Task Force operation on Saturday, the two men sold approximately 18 ounces of suspected heroin to a confidential informant.

The two men later admitted to law enforcement to selling the heroin.

Judge Swingley set bond for Torres and Quevedo-Rocha at $40,000 each.

On July 18th, the Montana Department of Justice released its Forensic Science Division’s 2017 Annual Report.  The Division, commonly known as the State Crime Lab, analyzes crime evidence submitted by city, county, and state law enforcement officials. 

The report, the first of its kind for the Crime Lab, outlines casework submissions, successes, and challenges for each of the forensic disciplines it houses.  The report also offers data on emerging drug trends in Montana, as well as toxicology summaries in driving under the influence (DUI), crash, and traffic fatalities for the year.

“The State Crime Lab’s annual report confirms what we already knew:  Montana is in the midst of a substance abuse crisis,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “The report reflects astronomical increases in methamphetamine and heroin offenses, which have placed an added strain on the Lab as well as on our courts and jails.  My office is working with stakeholders across the state to develop solutions to combat this epidemic through our Aid Montana initiative. Clearly, our communities can’t wait a minute longer for efficient and effective policies to be found.”

Some of the report’s highlights include:

  • A 375% increase in methamphetamine found in postmortem cases from 2011 to 2017;
  • A 324% increase in methamphetamine found in DUI cases from 2011 to 2017;
  • A 415% increase in methamphetamine found in controlled substance cases from 2011 to 2017; and
  • A 1,234% increase in heroin found in controlled substance cases from 2011 to 2017.

Forensic Science Division Administrator Scott Larson said, “I’m proud of the work our forensic scientists are doing to not only keep up with the demand, but to also decrease turnaround times while providing important services to Montana’s criminal justice system. We felt it was vital for this information to be released statewide so there is a better understanding of the work we perform and the challenges facing Montana. Our goal will be to continue releasing this report annually so trends affecting the criminal justice system can be examined.”

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