Zane Sparling | The Oregonian/OregonLive

“The Flats” can’t be found on any city map of Ontario.

Just past the city limits of this rough-hewn Oregon border town, a rutted gravel road runs toward the informal settlement of boarded-up homes, dilapidated RVs and two-wheeled trailers clustered in a grassy field.

During a chilly morning patrol, Ontario police and Malheur County sheriff’s deputies converged on the camp, zeroing in on a strung-out man slumped in an SUV.

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