Portland official accused of buying crack cocaine
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
A Portland city official in charge of programs that help neighborhoods fight drug dealing and other crimes has been arrested on accusations of buying crack cocaine in Old Town Chinatown, police said Tuesday.
Officers said they watched Brent Canode, deputy director of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, purchase the drugs about 10 p.m. Friday near Northwest Fourth Avenue and Couch Street.
A few minutes later, he was cited on an accusation of second-degree attempted possession of a controlled substance, said Officer Greg Pashley, a police spokesman.
Canode, 31, a former member of Commissioner Randy Leonard's staff, has held his current job since April. Among other duties, he directs the office's crime and nuisance prevention efforts.
He could not be reached for comment. Bureau Director Jimmy Brown would not say whether Canode has returned to work.
"I'm dealing with a personnel issue related to Brent Canode, and I can't comment further," Brown said.
Also arrested and cited in the Friday night incident was Johnny Lee James, 37, who is accused of selling the drugs to Canode, Pashley said.
According to the police report, Canode got into a taxi cab after the alleged drug deal. Police approached him two blocks away, after the cab stopped, Pashley said.
He was carrying a small amount of crack cocaine, police said. He was cited and released.
As a result of the arrest, Canode is excluded from Central Precinct's downtown core, except for the hours when he is working at his City Hall office, police said. Pashley said Canode can appeal the exclusion.
Canode was ordered to appear in court Oct. 12.