first_imgLast night, Thursday February 10, 2011, at approximately 8:00 p.m., East Metro SWAT(Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Troutdale Police Department) served a search warrant at a residence in the 20200 Block of Northwest Morgan Road as part of a firearm and narcotics investigation by the Portland Police Bureau. Officers from the Police Bureau’s Gun Task Force served a simultaneous search warrant at a residence in the 700 Block of Northeast Lombard Street also connected with the investigation. Two arrests were made: 34-year-old Dale Lee Merritt was arrested at the Morgan Road location. His son, 15-year-old Nico Merritt, was arrested earlier in the afternoon after he left school. Officers discovered a marijuana growing operation and recovered two handguns and a rifle at the Morgan Road address. A photo of the grow operation is attached. Dale Merritt was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Delivery of Marijuana, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Nico Merritt was booked into the Juvenile Detention Home on a charge of Delivery of Marijuana. Both could face additional firearm charges.last_img read more