March 27, 2013
Sergeant Jim Johnson
OSP Drug Enforcement Section / RADE
A Grants Pass-area man was arrested Sunday by Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team detectives and Homeland Security Customs Enforcement (HSCE) agents after intercepting approximately one pound of methamphetamine.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Jim Johnson, on March 24, 2013, detectives from RADE received information about a person possibly transporting illegal drugs into Josephine County. RADE detectives and HSCE agents conducted surveillance in the area of Grants Pass Parkway and Agness Street in Grants Pass where they spotted the suspect carrying a backpack. Detectives and agents contacted the man identified as GILDARDO BAZAN, age 50, from Grants Pass, and subsequently arrested him after finding the methamphetamine in his backpack.
Following the arrest, investigators went to his residence in the 300 block of NW D Street. A search of the residence led to the seizure of laptop computers, one of which was confirmed stolen, and other evidence.
BAZAN was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, and Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine.
Johnson said the seizure is especially gratifying because the methamphetamine, destined for local distribution, didn’t make it into the hands of area users. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is approximately $14,000.
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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