HERMISTON, Ore. - Hermiston Police say they have uncovered an illegal chop shop operation.
Officers say they searched a home at 1735 NE 2nd Street after hearing a stolen car may have been there.
When police arrived, they say they found a stolen 2002 GMC Envoy being dismantled. Officers searched the home, seized several guns as evidence, and arrested five people from Hermiston.
52-year-old Dale R. Burnside faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and methamphetamine.
31-year-old Justin K. Burnside and 23-year-old Kelsea K. Rodriguez face charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
42-year-old Terrance W. Seibel faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle.
23-year-old Jeremiah I. Ayers faces charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and first degree criminal mischief.
Police say the home has been a haven for crime, and officers hope to end that cycle of criminal activity.