'Trojan Horse' drug trafficking suspect arrested

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, August 7 2014 at 4:34 PM, Updated: Thu, August 7 2014 at 4:43 PM

A major arrest has been made in connection with the largest drug raid in Oregon history...as a key figure in 'Operation Trojan Horse' is behind bars tonight.

Nearly 40 people were arrested in May of last year during a major drug raid in Klamath County.

Detective Eric Shepherd of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office believes 31 year old Samuel Silva-Morelos was one of the biggest suppliers...

"At one point he actually delivered a pound of methamphetamine to some of our dealers that we were targeting."

Operation Trojan Horse was triggered by an investigation into the murder of two men found dead near Bonanza in 2012.

Det. Shepherd doesn't believe Silva-Morelos is directly linked to the murders...

"He was simply a drug source for some of the higher level dealers during Trojan Horse."

Police say Silva-Morelos fled to Mexico following the drug raid.

Shepherd notes that Silva-Morelos was arrested Wednesday while trying to enter the U.S...

"We were lucky enough to get him at a border crossing through Homeland Security."

Silva-Morelos is now awaiting return to Oregon to face charges.

The Operation Trojan Horse money investigation also led to 'Operation Gold Card'.

That investigation led to the arrest of over 60 people on charges of food stamp fraud.

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Lyle Ahrens

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.

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