On February 4, 2013 at approximately 12 noon, detectives from the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team responded to assist Grants Pass police officers at a motel parking lot on 7th Street where officers responded to an unrelated disturbance call. While at the motel, officers contacted ALEX CARABOLLO, age 32, smoking marijuana in the parking lot.
A vehicle associated with CARABOLLO and a second person identified as SAMUEL BRAUN, age 31, had a very strong odor of fresh marijuana emanating from the trunk area. A subsequent investigation by RADE detectives led to the discovery of five plastic garbage bags containing a total of approximately 40 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.
Both men were cited to appear at a later date in Josephine County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Marijuana. The investigation is being continued by RADE detectives.
Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity or marijuana growing operations is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970. The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.
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