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Prineville Man Arrested For Drug Trafficking

PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Prineville man faces a list of charges, following a drug bust in the Juniper Canyon area of Crook County. Detectives with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team identified 60-year-old Charles McQuage as a suspected drug trafficker in late 2023. They believe he’s responsible for the distribution of meth and fentanyl around the area.

McQuage was arrested Thursday, during a traffic stop. In a search of his home, agents seized drugs, two pistols, a butane honey oil extraction lab (right), cash and additional evidence.

According to the Crook County District Attorney, there were four fentanyl overdoses in Prineville this week; two were fatal. 

McQuage is charged with:

  • Unlawful Distribution of Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Distribution of Fentanyl
  • Unlawful Manufacture of Fentanyl
  • Unlawful Possession of Fentanyl
  • Commercial Drug Offense (Enhancement)
  • Felon in Possession of a Weapon (Firearm)
  • Unlawful Manufacture of a Marijuana Item (BHO Lab)


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