8 arrested in recent Coos County meth busts

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- Authorities say it's a big problem in the area: Meth.

Local agencies and the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT) are working to to put a dent in that problem.

Just last week, police found more than 29 grams of meth, over 33 ounces of marijuana and paraphernalia for distribution at a home in Coos Bay.

Gil Datan, a narcotics detective, say drugs weren't the only thing found. "We retrieved a total of, I believe, 22 firearms and one pistol at the residence," said Datan.

Two people, Leslie "Les" Amsbary and Neal Wisegarver, were booked as a result of that investigation.

Less than a week later, another bust at different house, and a total of 6 arrests.

Craig Matson, Courtney Beasley, Margaret Farris, Lisa Pinkerton, Keith Jones and Robert Mayea were all charged with various crimes.

Authorities say making arrests like these won't put an end to the drug problem completely. "We know that if a person is arrested for methamphetamine, usually someone replaces that person's title or stature, and then the next the next person starts selling meth."

With a small task force, law enforcement is asking for help from local communities in reporting drug activity. "We're doing the best we can, basically trying to keep up, trying to put out fires."