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Investigations By Interagency Teams in Jackson and Josephine Counties Lead to Seizure of Marijuana, Heroin, and Firearms
February 26, 2013


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The following information is approved for release related to multiple ongoing criminal investigations in different jurisdictional areas of southern Oregon:
 
On February 1, 2013, detectives from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team executed a search warrant in Williams culminating an illegal money laundering and marijuana distribution investigation.
 
MADGE detectives initiated the investigation in Jackson County and developed information involving MICHAEL CANEPA, age 53, who resides in Josephine County. RADE detectives assisted MADGE in the investigation and obtained a search warrant for his Panther Gulch Road residence. Detectives from MADGE and RADE served the search warrant at the residence and seized approximately 161 pounds of marijuana, small amounts of heroin, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, 23 firearms, scales, packaging material and other evidence.
 
CANEPA was not at the residence when detectives served the warrant, but the ongoing investigation led detectives on February 11 to a Grants Pass-area motel where CANEPA was located and taken into custody without incident.  RADE detectives obtained a search warrant for the motel room CANEPA was staying in and subsequently seized a small amount of heroin and other items of evidence. CANEPA was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.
 
Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity or marijuana growing operations in Josephine County is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970. The RADE interagency narcotics 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.
 
Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity or marijuana growing operations in Jackson County is encouraged to call the MADGE tip line at (541) 618-1847. The Medford Area Drug Gang Enforcement Team or MADGE is an interagency drug and gang task force compromised of personnel from the Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson County Community Justice and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.