PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police arrested two men and are searching for two more after seizing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, property, guns and drugs in multiple raids over the weekend in Portland.
Among the highlights, detectives seized $350,000 in U.S. currency, 3,850 euros, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade, a 2003 Hummer H2, three Super Bowl tickets, 269 pounds of pot, 84 marijuana plants, four rifles, two handguns and an 80-inch television.
According to Portland police, the investigation began Jan. 24 at Portland International Airport. Drugs and Vice Division detectives made contact with 39-year-old Kao Choy Saechao and searched his bags, finding $49,000 in cash.
They then searched his home at 8404 SE 134th Dr., seizing more cash, weapons, steroids and 12 pounds of pot.
Detectives developed information that lead them to raid a home belonging to 42-year-old Matthew Parker in the 3800 block of Northeast View Place in Gresham. As officers were waiting for a search warrant, they witnessed 43-year-old Edwin Olson and 19-year-old Dreyson Parker leave the home with several trash bags that they placed in the back of the Escalade.
Detectives detained Olson, but Parker fled. Portland police report that they found 212 pounds of pot and the Super Bowl tickets in the bags. They found $300,000 in cash inside the home.
Meanwhile, the investigation led detectives to a third location, 1243 NE 126th Ave., where they found a marijuana grow site.
Portland police did not disclose the circumstances that first prompted the investigation.
Saechao and Olson were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on possession and delivery of marijuana. Saechao also faces a count of money laundering. Meanwhile, detectives are still searching for Matthew and Parker.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call detectives at 503-823-0246.