- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Sweet Home man and a Portland woman have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to distribute heroin that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Lebanon woman.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/rib9Ht ) that 25-year-old Ashley Marie Ames was found dead of a heroin overdose Oct. 2 in her residence. Investigators found residue of black tar heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Court records show 40-year-old Rockie Morse of Sweet Home told a detective he was buying heroin from Tammy Tongate of Portland. Investigators confiscated more than 100 grams of heroin from her home.

They are among 15 people facing charges as a result of a Linn County and federal investigation of heroin trafficking. U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said the arrests reflect an increase in heroin use in rural areas.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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