Police arrest two on drug charges after searching homes in Prineville, Redmond

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Regional drug enforcement officers arrested a Prineville woman and a Redmond man Thursday in unrelated cases after detectives found methamphetamine and other drugs at their respective homes, according to news releases issued today.

Vivian Julia Rodriguez, 47, was arrested on suspicion of possession and delivery of

methamphetamine, according to a release from the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team. She was booked into the Crook County jail and had been released as of this afternoon, according to the jail Web site.

Detectives began investigating Rodriguez after receiving a tip, and they set up surveillance of her home. The Prineville Police Department reported receiving numerous calls about her address, including complaints about excessive traffic day and night, according to the release.

Detectives served a search warrant around 2:35 p.m. Thursday at Rodriguez' residence, 306 N.W. Ninth St., and found a small amount of methamphetamine, prescription drugs and associated paraphernalia. Rodriguez, who was not home during the search, was located a short time later and arrested, according to the release.

About five hours later, in an unrelated case, detectives served a second search warrant at the home of Kenneth Wayne Zitek, 53, at 2812 S.W. Pumice Ave. in Redmond, according to a release.

Zitek was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing, possessing and delivering

methamphetamine. He remained at the Deschutes County jail today on $50,000 bail, according to a jail official.

A search of his home uncovered methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ssociated

paraphernalia, packaging materials and scales, the release reported.

Information that Zitek was dealing methamphetamine led detectives to monitor his actions in both Bend and Redmond, according to the release.

Zitek's home had been searched in Oct. 2006, and his Thursday arrest occurred while he was awaiting trial on meth delivery charges file in November, according to the release and court records.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team is a narcotics task force that investigates cases throughout Central Oregon and includes detectives from city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.