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(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
A U.S. District Court judge sentenced a Salem man to 12½ years in federal prison on Thursday for drug trafficking.
Chase Benjamin Russell-Brown, 31, was also sentenced to four years on probation.
On Nov. 5, 2019, Salem Police Department officers were surveilling a Salem hotel “notorious for frequent drug-related activity” when they saw a man they identified as Russell-Brown, whom they knew that he had been arrested twice for drug trafficking in the past two months. , according to a sentencing memorandum dated July 19, 2021.
He walked out of the hotel with a bag and left it in an expired vehicle, for which officers attempted to arrest him, according to the memorandum. Russell-Brown didn’t stop and continued driving for about a quarter of a mile as other drivers pulled to the side of the road, eventually pulling into the parking lot of a busy grocery store.
An officer blocked the parking aisle, forcing him to stop, and officers in the car behind Russell-Brown got out to approach him. As they did, he reversed his car, sped up and slammed into the patrol car behind him.
The officer in front of him moved forward and rammed this car, pinning it between the two patrol cars. As officers approached his car, he continued to accelerate, according to the memorandum.
Officers smashed his car window to drive to Russell-Brown and arrested him – finding a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun in his belt and a Raven Arms .25 automatic handgun in his pocket. jacket, both loaded.
They searched his vehicle and found a backpack in the front passenger seat that contained approximately 89 grams of methamphetamine, 25.4 grams of heroin, packing materials, magazines and ammunition, the memorandum said.
Russell-Brown was previously arrested in September 2019 when he was found in possession of 205 grams of methamphetamine and admitted to dealing drugs. He was also arrested in October 2019 and found in possession of approximately 85.8 grams of methamphetamine.
A total of 379.8 grams of meth were seized from him during the three arrests. By the time of the third, he had already been convicted of second-degree robbery for which he was sentenced to three years and ten months in state prison.
On November 21, 2019, a federal grand jury in Portland indicted Russell-Brown with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, use and possession of a firearm during and in connection with a crime of drug trafficking and possession of a gun as a criminal.
He pleaded guilty on Sept. 16, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm as a felon, according to court documents.