A man is behind bars after police say he was transporting heroin from the Willamette Valley to Roseburg with the intention of selling the drug.
Officers from the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team were investigating Benjamin Ware Bass, 39, who police believed was transporting drugs from Portland.
At approximately 10 p.m., officers spotted Bass’ green Dodge truck on Interstate 5 driving southbound in the Sutherlin area.
After following Bass for about 10 miles in an unmarked police vehicle, officers from DINT and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office stopped Bass on the highway just north of Roseburg and arrested him.
During a search of the vehicle, police found a fully-loaded, laser-sighted revolver and an accessory used to snort narcotics, according to police. While searching Bass, police found a small container of methamphetamine in the man’s sock. Police also found some aluminum foil, which is often used to smoke illicit drugs like heroin, according to police.
Eventually, police found three-quarters of an ounce of heroin concealed in Bass’ underwear and more aluminum foil with markings consistent with foil used to smoke heroin.
Bass was arrested on suspicion of heroin delivery, heroin possession and methamphetamine possession before being transported to the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.
Bass, owner of Bass Motors and two other local automotive shops in Roseburg, formerly owned the Chrome Nightclub on Diamond Lake Boulevard. That business burned down in July 2013.