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Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team Investigation Statistics for July - September 2011
11/22/2011
Sergeant Jim Johnson
Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section / RADE
(541) 955-6379

Statistics released by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team for investigations conducted between July 1 and September 30, 2011 shows the interagency team opened 39 investigations during the three-month period. The investigations led to the arrest of 33 people with additional arrests anticipated.
 
During the third quarter of 2011, RADE investigations led to the seizure of:
  • Approximately 4 1/2 lbs of methamphetamine
  • 40 lbs of processed marijuana
  • Over one ounce of heroin and small amounts of cocaine and ecstasy
  • Thirteen firearms
  • Several hundred pounds of marijuana from 655 marijuana plants found at illegal indoor and outdoor growing operations
 
According to Sergeant Jim Johnson, the RADE team cases included investigations of individuals associated with Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) including growers illegally distributing marijuana to people other than OMMP patients for profit, locally and outside of Oregon.
 
Johnson noted there were some investigations involving OMMP growers in compliance with program regulations, but the shear volume of ‘bud' from some larger plants placed many growers' out-of-compliance as soon as the plants were harvested. Additionally, the high quality of marijuana produced in southern Oregon made it a very profitable commodity and some growers stepped outside the original intent for OMMP and illegally sold marijuana.
 
One noteworthy case not involving OMMP was a joint investigation by Oregon State Police and federal partners. Following a trooper's traffic stop involving suspects attempting to deliver two pounds of methamphetamine, RADE executed a search warrant and seized two additional pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine, a firearm and cash. Several suspects were arrested associated with this investigation.
 
The interagency RADE team is comprised of personnel from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and Josephine County Community Corrections.