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Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team Investigations Lead to Several Arrests, Drug Seizures During First Week of April in Josephine County
April 5, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Investigations this week by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team in Josephine County led to the arrests of several people on various drug-related offenses including heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana charges.
On April 1, 2013, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) and RADE conducted a joint investigation that began with a traffic accident near Williams Highway and New Hope Road.  One of the drivers, PAUL POECHE, age 37, fled on foot and was apprehended a short distance away by a GPDPS officer.  POECHE had two warrants for his arrest.  Resulting from this investigation, approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and other evidence was seized. POECHE was cited and released to appear at a later date on various drug-related charges.
On April 2, the RADE team and GPDPS officers arrested two people as they attempted to sell a half ounce of methamphetamine in a parking lot near 8th Street and 'G' Street in Grants Pass. Twin brothers, LEONEL DIAZ and LEONARDO DIAZ, both age 20 from Grants Pass, were arrested while delivering the methamphetamine. Seized during the arrest was approximately one-half ounce of methamphetamine, a semi-automatic handgun, scales, packaging material, cash, and other items of evidentiary value.
After the arrest, a search of their residence in the 200 block of SE 'L' Street revealed other evidence that was seized. They were both lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Delivery, Manufacture, and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.
On April 4, the RADE team and GPDPS served a search warrant in the 700 block of NW 3rd Street in Grants Pass where investigators seized user amounts of heroin, approximately five pounds of marijuana, methadone, digital scales, packaging material, five rifles, one handgun, and other items of evidentiary value. Three suspects identified as TANNER WILSON, age 23, KRISTIN TRUJILLO, age 24, and CHRISTOPHER SEALY, age 26, were all arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail. WILSON and TRUJILLO were arrested for Unlawful Possession, Delivery, and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Heroin, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. SEALY was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.
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.