1.6 unces of seized methamphetamine
Members of the Marion County Sheriffs Office Street Crimes Unit reported the capture of escapee David Torres, 32, of Salem. Torres was captured less than a week after failing to return to the Work Center following a 3-hour pass.
During the afternoon of March 17th, Street Crimes Detectives were involved in an unrelated drug investigation at a residence off North Lancaster in Salem. During that investigation, Torres fled out the back of the residence and was quickly apprehended. Torres was wanted on a warrant for escaping from the Work Center and his previous convictions for Eluding Police and Possession of Methamphetamine. In addition to the warrant, Torres was also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.
A further investigation at the residence led to the discovery of 1.6 ounces of methamphetamine, with a street value of $2,500. Pedro Cortez Vargas, 33, a resident of Pasco, Washington was arrested and lodged at the Marion County jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000 of a School, Identity Theft and Possession of a Forged Instrument.
Sophia Torres, 35, a resident of Pasco, Washington and the sister of David Torres, was arrested on charges
of Possessing Methamphetamine and being a Felon in Possession of a Weapon.
The other escapee reported missing from the jail on March 13th, Felipe Morales Jr., remains at large. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Marion County Sheriffs Office Tip Line at 503.540.8079 or 911.