Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, May 21 2013 at 3:24 PM, Updated: Tue, May 21 2013 at 3:31 PM
Last week's massive drug raid in Klamath County is now being followed up by a massive prosecution effort.
38 of the 40 suspects targeted in last Wednesday's raids are now in custody.
Two state prosecutors have been called in to assist the Klamath County D.A. in taking those cases to court.
"The Attorney General's office will be handling the racketeering case." Notes Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge. "We'll be handling about another 20-plus cases related to the delivery of a controlled substance."
Many of those arrested thought they would be booked and released...But they were wrong.
Lieutenant Jeanette Davidson of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office explains: "They learned rather quickly upon arrival at the jail that we had made accommodations for them by opening our mothballed pod."
About four pounds of meth was seized in the raids...But District Attorney Patridge believes it's just as important getting those behind the drugs off the streets...
"I believe it has made a difference in the drugs we're seeing on the street, at least in the short term. Anecdotally, that's what we're hearing. Long term, we hope that we've sent a message that we're not going to put up with drug dealing here in Klamath County."
Over 300 officers were involved in last week's raids.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.