Heroin, meth found in safe after warrant arrest, police say

Police said John Swank, 60, of Eugene ran and was tracked down by a police dog at about 8 p.m.

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 12:06 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 12:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Heroin, methamphetamine and packaging materials were found in a safe seized during a warrant arrest on Riverview Street, Eugene police say.

Police said they arrested John Swank II, 60, of Eugene Tuesday night with the help of a police dog.


They said they obtained the warrant after witnessing a suspicious exchange between Swank and another person on Aug. 22. They said they attempted to stop his vehicle after he made a traffic violation, but he drove off.

At about 8 p.m., police served the search warrant in the 1700 block of Riverview Street. They said Swank ran. He was taken into custody, treated for dog bites and lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Police said the safe was seized during the arrest, and in it they found almost 40 grams of heroin and more than 95 grams of meth. Police earlier reported that they had found more than $2,000 and evidence Swank had sold drugs.

Swank has now been charged with unlawful possession and delivery of heroin and meth.

When he was arrested, police said he was charged with eluding in a vehicle from a previous incident and was on a federal hold as part of an ongoing investigation. Swank is on federal probation, police said.

The Street Crimes Unit was assisted by Eugene Police SWAT, Special Investigations Unit, K9, Crisis Negotiation Team and Evidence Control Unit, as well as Springfield Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

KEZI 9 News had a crew on the scene Tuesday night.

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