The Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team arrested a Roseburg man on suspicion of multiple drug and weapons charges in the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place in Green Monday night.

Recent information indicated that 22-year-old Eumetrious Lavato Zepeda had been moving drugs through the parking lot of the supermarket near Kelly’s Corner, according to court documents. Investigators saw Zepeda reportedly pull into one parking spot, then later select another location “as if he was meeting someone,” the document read.

Four separate investigators contacted Zepeda along with Roseburg Police Department K-9 Trapper, who alerted officers to the possible presence of a controlled substance in Zepeda’s vehicle.

A subsequent search revealed a Ziplock-style bag containing a quarter pound of a white crystalline substance which tested positive for amphetamines.

While searching Zepeda’s vehicle further, two pistols — a Century Arms 9mm and a Smith & Wesson revolver were found within reach of the driver’s seat. The 9mm was reportedly loaded with a round in the chamber. The revolver was also loaded.

Investigators said Zepeda claimed the drugs were left in the car by a homeless man named “Hank,” but admitted that his own fingerprints would be on the bag.

Zepeda was arraigned in Douglas County Circuit Court Tuesday on charges of delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of Green Elementary, meth delivery, meth possession and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Bail was set at $700,000.

Donovan Brink can be reached at and 541-957-4219.

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Heavy times for Mr. Zepeda. If he had a quarter pounder I would have guessed he might be in McDonald's parking lot. (farther from the school)

Are police still saying there are no gangs in the area? I remember some years ago police saying " no gangs in Roseburg". Does that still hold true? Is Mr. Zelda

a gang member?

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