Police: Two arrested with 1/2 pound meth, $15K

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) says they arrested two people and seized about a half pound of meth and over $15,000 in cash.

Lt. Pat Moore says that a months-long investigation into the local supply of meth led them to Robert Bateson, 50, of the Lookingglass area, and Deborah Toomey, 48, of Myrtle Creek.

Authorities say they conducted several interviews and surveillance over several weeks, which led them to Bateson and Toomey.

They say Bateson was a mid-level narcotics dealer responsible for supplying multiple street-level drug dealers, primarily in the Winston, Green and Lookingglass areas. Toomey was identified as an accomplice and co-conspirator, Moore said.

On Wednesday, both were arrested in the Round Prairie area south of Roseburg.

Police say they seized about a half pound of meth during the arrests, which they say had a street value of over $10,000. Over $15,000 in cash was also seized, which authorities say they think came from previous drug sales.

Both Bateson and Toomey were charged by authorities with unlawful manufacture, possession and delivery of meth.

Both were lodged in the Douglas County Jail.