A recent traffic stop yielded large amounts of narcotics and sparked an investigation in which two handguns were seized.
On April 29th, 2021, TCSO Narcotics Detective Chase Ross was covering a patrol shift when he pulled a vehicle over for speeding and swerving on South Prairie Road near Highway 101 near South Prairie Elementary School in Tillamook. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Whitney Nathaniel Hilby, 40, of Tillamook. There was an adult female and a juvenile as passengers in the vehicle. Detective Ross conducted a Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) investigation and Hilby was arrested.
“A significant amount of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine packaged for sale was found in the vehicle,” said Detective Ross. “The drugs were packaged for distribution and sale and there were also digital scales, packaging material, and a large amount of cash and drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle.”
Hilby was arrested for DUII, Unlawful delivery and Possession of methamphetamine, heroin and a schedule 2 substance within a 1000’ feet of a school, Child neglect 1, Endangering welfare of a minor, Reckless driving, and Reckless endangering. The Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Protection Services (CPS) placed the minor in the custody of family members.
The adult female passenger was identified as Jessica Michelle Carsten, 34, of Tillamook. Carsten was arrested a few days later and booked on charges of Unlawful delivery and Possession of methamphetamine, heroin and a schedule 2 substance within a 1000’ feet of a school, Child neglect 2, and Endangering welfare of a minor.
As this investigation continued, Tillamook Narcotics Team (TNT) Detectives seized two handguns from the place where Hilby was living. Hilby is a convicted felon and can’t legally possess firearms.
Detectives are also looking for a stolen assault rifle that was believed to have been in Hilby’s possession. The rifle was stolen from a vehicle on April 19, 2021 in Bay City. The rifle is a Diamondback AR10 with a bipod, a Vortex scope, and a Magpull PRS stock and fore grip that are tan in color. Please call the TNT Tipline at 503-815-3319 if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the rifle.