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Portland drug operation led by mother, son arrested in raid, police say

An alleged mother-son drug trafficking duo was arrested on federal drug charges after a months-long investigation, Portland police announced Tuesday.

The investigation began with a raid on a suspected drug house in June and culminated this month when police arrested five people and found drugs, guns and cash during a another search.

Officers said they seized more than 30 firearms and recovered “significant” quantities of drugs and cash during the investigation.

Tracie A. Harbison, 53, was allegedly selling drugs out of a home at 14185 Northeast Halsey St. for several years when police arrested her and three others in a pre-dawn raid on June 5, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police seized 485 grams of powdered fentanyl and 760 grams of methamphetamine from a safe in Harbison’s bedroom, along with $12,000 in cash and smaller quantities of heroin and cocaine, during that initial search. , the affidavit states. Harbison told officers she purchased the meth for approximately $1,000, according to the affidavit.

Michael P. Llanos, 43, was also arrested at the scene, accused of being a felon in possession of eight firearms. Two other people were also arrested, but were released without being charged.

Harbison was on probation when police tracked his phone to a Jeep Wrangler with no plates in Northeast Portland on Dec. 20. Harbison was a passenger in the Wrangler, which briefly eluded police before being pulled over on Southeast 28th Avenue near Holgate Boulevard earlier that year. morning, according to a separate court affidavit.

Police found two handguns and stolen video game consoles in the Jeep, which was determined to be stolen, as well as $1,200 in cash and more than 100 grams of methamphetamine in Harbion’s purse, says the affidavit.

The driver of the Jeep, Brandon W. O’Neil, 34, is being held on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as on warrants from several open burglary cases charged last year.

Harbison is being held in jail on charges of delivering methamphetamine in circuit court, as well as pending federal charges.

Her son, Chase W. Harbison, 26, was arrested hours after his mother on Dec. 20 as police served search warrants at his apartment at the Ellington Apartments on Northeast 66th Avenue, in several storage units registered in his name and in a small house near 30th Avenue Southeast and Steele Street, police said. Police seized a total of approximately 585 grams of methamphetamine during the search.

The younger Harbison is also being held on probable federal drug distribution charges.

Sgt. Craig Anderson, head of the police bureau’s East Precinct Response Team, called the Harbisons’ alleged drug dealing an “unusual dynamic.” He said police would investigate whether the seized firearms could be linked to other crimes and were still searching for the Harbisons’ alleged supplier.

“We will continue to investigate to see if we can get to the next level,” Anderson said.

Chase Harbison’s girlfriend, Ashley N. Kenney, 33, is being held on a parole violation after being arrested during the sweep, booking records show.

-Zane Sparling; zsparling@oregonian.com ; 503-319-7083; @pdxzane

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