Oregon’s recent passing of a law decriminalizing drugs is attracting criminals to Lincoln City and according to police, drug-related crime is on the rise.
Yazid Izzat Ayyad, 33, of Sacramento Calif., called Homepage Monday to “blow the whistle” on alleged wrongdoing by the Lincoln City Police Department. Ayyad said officers violated his 5th Amendment rights by not allowing him to see his lawyer and were wrong to seek a warrant to have his blood drawn. Ultimately Ayyad was arrested and charged with DUII and possession of methamphetamine.
“It was for personal use,” Ayyad said. “I just keep it around in case I get sick. He went Supercop on me for no reason.”
In the phone interview with Ayyad, he mentions his main reason for coming to Oregon was the decriminalization of methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, oxycodone, methadone, ecstasy and other drugs. Ayyad said the $100 fine was a “slap on the wrist” and was “the talk of all the prisons and jails.” Ayyad said he’s been in prison five times.
When asked if others would come to Oregon because of the new drug law, Ayyad said:
“For sure a lot of others will be coming. What did you think was going to happen?”
He said he came to Lincoln City because he has over 30 warrants in California and knew he would have a better chance of winning “the cat and mouse game” here in Oregon.
“It’s a cat and mouse game,” Ayyad said. “If I’m sliippin’ and you catch me, I’ll do my time. I’ve been in this game a long time and if I can get away with it, I’m gonna do it.”
Ayyad said he was proud of his criminal accomplishments, including the 2008 robbery of an undercover cop.
Ayyad, who calls himself a gangster, said his warrants were non-extraditable and saw drugs had been decriminalized in Oregon so he took the trip and ended up in Lincoln City.
“I’m looking at 30 years in a box,” he said. “My probation officer said the warrants were non-extraditable — So I put one and one together. I can take a hint.”
Ayyad said he got into a situation at the Lincoln City south Shell gas station with another man and asked him if he wanted to “get down and settle this right now.” Both men agreed the issue was not worth fighting over and Ayyad says he drove away in his car. Ayyad drove off the highway a short time later around 4 a.m. Monday morning. According to Ayyad, he called for a tow truck and police showed up and put him in a cop car. He was taken to a local hospital and then placed in custody for seven hours, he says, “so the cops can get that COVID-19 money.”
Lincoln City Police officials confirmed drug-related crimes are up, saying break-ins and thefts surrounding drug use have increased since the law went into effect.
“Drug users do whatever they can to make money so they can buy more drugs,” a Lincoln City Police Department spokesperson said. They also went on to say it made the job of policing more difficult, but they will uphold the laws voters put in place.
Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of drugs, but Portugal, the Netherlands and Switzerland already had laws in place decriminalizing small amounts of drugs. In Portugal, where drugs were decriminalized in 2000, drug deaths have fallen while drug addiction treatment has risen 20 percent.
Ayyad said he was going to stay outside the jurisdiction of Lincoln City Police, but said he would not be leaving Oregon anytime soon.