Alyssa Sutton

On March 5, Union County Sheriff’s Office Drug Detectives responded to a Union County residence after receiving a report of endangered children and drug use in a home.

Upon arrival, the detectives found and seized a large amount of drugs, and the children in the house were removed from the residence by child welfare workers.

Cody Hamlin was arrested and charged with the possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

This is not the first time Hamlin has had a run-in with law enforcement.

On April 29, 2016, he led law enforcement on a high speed chase up Morgan Lake Road and onto Glass Hill Road outside of La Grande. The car he was driving had three flat tires, but Hamlin fled on foot and was on the loose until being taken into custody in May.

During his sentencing for that incident, Hamlin said a drug addiction was the main reason for his criminal history. He had been out of prison for about 10 months and stayed clean and sober for 90 days before falling back into his addiction.

He and his public defender asked for a sentence of less than 12 months with a commitment to a closely
supervised treatment program.

The Union County Deputy District Attorney told the court that Hamlin had a lengthy history of convictions since 2009: first- and second-degree theft, possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree assault, felon in possession of a weapon, reckless driving and attempt to elude police, among the various convictions.

Since that incident, Hamlin has been arrested a few times for probation violation, eluding a police officer and reckless

Hamlin is lodged in the Union County Jail, and the current investigation is ongoing.