Police: Meth found for sale in casino hotel

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NORTH BEND, Ore. -- A phone call about heavy foot traffic at a casino hotel room led authorities to a meth bust in North Bend.

Members of the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT) say they got a call about heavy traffic at a room at the Mill Casino & Hotel.

When they arrived, they say they found a woman, her two children and meth ready for distribution.

Janice Sanders, 30, was arrested and her children were taken by the Department of Human Services, officials said.

Sanders was charged by authorities with child neglect, endangering the welfare of a minor and several drug charges.

The investigation didn't end there. Officials say they searched a second room where they found more meth, including, syringes and smoking devices.

Authorities say charges on Tom Gocka and Elizabeth Steidel were referred to the district attorney's office.

Captain Cal Mitts, the SCINT director, says the investigation went according to plan. "We do our best to find out where the drugs came from, sort of, move up the tree so to speak," he said. "We try not to stop just with an arrest, we keep going."

Mitts says the phone call started it all, and that the public should always call in suspicious activity. "We encourage people to call in when they see something like that," he said.

Hotel officials wouldn't comment on this particular investigation, but say they do work very closely with police and they have extensive security on site.