Fatal overdose leads to large drug bust on Oregon Coast

Clockwise from top left: James Patterson, Crystal Gardner, Alyssa Bettis and Gregory Kister

Information at the scene of an overdose led authorities to a Coos Bay home, where several people were arrested on drug charges.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 11:48 AM

COOS BAY, Ore. – A fatal overdose led to a large drug bust on the Coast this week.

On Sunday, Coos County Sheriff’s deputies and medical personnel responded to a report of an overdose, and the patient was taken to Bay Area Hospital where they later died.

At the scene of the overdose, deputies learned the drugs that caused the overdose were bought at 93548 Dover Lane in Coos Bay, according to a press release from the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT).

SCINT then joined deputies and other agencies in serving a search warrant at the home Wednesday morning.

James Patterson, 65, was in control of the home, according to SCINT, and deputies also found Crystal Gardner, 33, Alyssa Bettis, 31, and Gregory Kister, 29, at the location.

The search yielded substantial amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and some LSD, authorities say.

Patterson and Gardner face charges related to the sale, manufacture and possession of illicit substances and were taken to the Coos County Jail. Kister was arrested on outstanding warrants, and Bettis was referred to the District Attorney’s Office for charges related to the possession of a controlled substance.

Oregon State Police, Coquille Tribal Police and Coos County Parole and Probation also assisted with the execution of the search warrant.

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