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Joint Task Force Serves Search Warrant Outside Grants Pass After Child Porn Uploaded From Local Residence (Photo) - 01/25/22

JCSO Case #21-3815

MERLIN, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force alongside Josephine County Sheriff’s Office detectives, served a search warrant Tuesday morning at a residence in the 1000 block of Plumtree Lane on the outskirts of Grants Pass. Investigators discovered multiple images of child exploitation were uploaded from the residence. Investigators are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tips started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence. During Tuesday’s search warrant, digital devices were seized, and will be forensically examined by the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force for further evidence of child exploitation. 

SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking. The task force consists of investigators from Jackson County Sheriff’s OfficeOregon State Police, Medford Police Department, Grants Pass Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.

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Attached Media Files: Evidence , Searching , Serving Warrant , Briefing
2021 IMET EOY Infographic
2021 IMET EOY Infographic
Jackson County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team Seized More Than A Million Pounds of Cannabis, Several Pounds Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, Fentanyl; $2.3 Million Cash, More Than 150 Firearms Last Year (Photo) - 01/19/22

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) has released their 2021 year-end seizure numbers. Last year, IMET detectives worked 145 cases, served 57 search warrants, and made 60 arrests. While serving the search warrants, investigators seized more than a million pounds of black-market marijuana, several pounds of other illicit drugs, 158 firearms, and more than $2.3 million in criminal forfeiture. 

These warrants led to the seizure of nearly 650 thousand live marijuana plants, equating to more than a million pounds of unprocessed cannabis. The team also seized more than 70 thousand pounds of processed cannabis ready for sale, worth an estimated $30 million. Investigators discovered 134 pounds of butane honey oil, a substance commonly extracted through a highly volatile process that started numerous fires in the County last year. Other cannabis derivatives seized included five pounds of liquid THC, nearly 53 gallons of marijuana concentrate, and more than five gallons of cannabinoid extract. 

While searching for black-market marijuana, detectives discovered other illicit drugs including more than a pound of cocaine, nearly 14 pounds of methamphetamines, and more than two pounds of heroin. Investigators also uncovered enough fentanyl to kill more than 16 thousand people; seizing nearly 33 grams with a lethal dose estimated to be around two milligrams. Other drugs seized included more than three pounds of psilocybin, and 551 doses of LSD.

The IMET task force includes personnel from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. IMET is funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. This upcoming year, the team is looking to increase illegal marijuana enforcement through additional state allocated funds. The team is optimistic that this potential additional funding will be a substantial help in diminishing the black-market marijuana problem in the Rogue Valley.

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Attached Media Files: 2021 IMET EOY Infographic
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Skeletonized Remains Discovered off Roxy Ann Peak Trail (Photo) - 01/19/22

JCSO Case 22-0173

Update: 01-19-22

The skeletal remains found January 10th off Roxy Ann Peak trail were positively identified as Armando Leigh Soto, 33, originally from Yuba City, California. Soto lived in the Medford area since 2015, and was reported missing June of 2020.

The positive scientific ID was confirmed by physical examination and comparison to dental records. The records were from 2019, obtained from the Oregon State Hospital.

An Oregon State Police (OSP) forensic pathologist performed an autopsy yesterday at the OSP Morgue in Central Point. The autopsy revealed no evidence of injury or trauma. The cause and manner of death are “Undetermined” due to advanced decomposition. There are no indications of suspicious circumstances.

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Original Release: 1-12-22

MEDFORD, Ore. – A man walking his dog off the Roxy Ann Peak trail discovered skeletonized human remains Monday evening. The discovery prompted Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives to investigate. Tuesday morning, JCSO detectives recovered the body assisted by a Search and Rescue (SAR) ground team with Human Remains Detection (HRD) dogs. 

The skeletonized remains are in an advanced stage of decomposition. Investigations are ongoing by JCSO Medical Examiner detectives although there are no immediate indications of suspicious circumstances. An Oregon State Police forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the decedent will be released pending a positive scientific identification and next of kin notification. There is no further information available at this time.

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Elude Suspect Still On-the-Run In Area of Cantrall Buckley Park (Photo) - 01/07/22

RUCH, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is actively searching for Anthony Minneci, 33, considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen today wearing a green “bomber” style jacket in the area of Cantrall Buckley park near Jacksonville. If you see him, do not approach or attempt to apprehend, instead call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

Last night, Minneci allegedly stole a vehicle and was involved in another elude with Medford Police. He ultimately crashed near Cantrall Buckley park, fled on foot and was not located. JCSO Patrol is searching with K9 units and the Search and Rescue Drone Team but have so far been unsuccessful. 

We do not believe he is a threat to the general public at this time, but if you live in the area make sure to be cautious and keep houses, out buildings, and vehicles LOCKED. Again, if you see anything suspicious call dispatch at (541) 776-7206 to report.

Marijuana
Marijuana
Task Force Raids Black-Market Marijuana Processing and Storage Facility, Seizes Nearly 2,500 Lbs. Processed Cannabis, $4k Cash, 20 Guns (Photo) - 01/07/22

MPD Case #22-0113

WHITE CITY, Ore. – Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) detectives served a search warrant on a marijuana processing and storage facility Tuesday morning on the 3800 block of Dodge Road in White City. The operation was the result of a month-long investigation and seized 2,424 lbs. of processed illegal marijuana, $4,100 in cash, and 20 firearms. The primary suspect in this investigation was on the property at the time of the raid, and criminal charges are pending through the Jackson County District Attorney’s office. 

While regulatory agencies investigate permitted cannabis operations, IMET is focusing on the black-market marijuana trade in the Rogue Valley. IMET is a multi-agency task force funded by a grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The task force includes personnel from Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police Department, and the DA’s Office. 

Investigations are open and ongoing with detectives working additional leads. No further information is currently available for release.

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Attached Media Files: Marijuana , Guns and Money
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Dep. Duke
JCSO Deputies Win State-Wide Sheriff Association Awards (Photo) - 01/06/22

BEND, Ore. – Four Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies were recognized last month at the 2021 Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) awards banquet. This included three Awards of Valor and Search and Rescue (SAR) Deputy of the year. The Award of Valor is presented in recognition of a selfless and courageous act risking their own life with full awareness of the danger involved. 

On February 23, 2021, Eagle Point Police Department (EPPD) was dispatched to a domestic dispute involving a firearm. The suspect left in a vehicle while officers were en route. A few minutes later EPPD spotted the suspect vehicle and JCSO deputies responded to assist. Deputy Chad Prins and EPPD approached the vehicle to identify the suspect. Without warning a man fired a handgun from the passenger seat, striking Deputy Prins in the chest. Fortunately, the bullet struck his ballistic vest. Despite being shot at point-blank range, he moved to cover and returned fire. Realizing the driver was injured during the exchange of gunfire and in danger, Prins rescued him from the line of fire and began to render medical aid. Showing courage after being shot in the line of duty, and ultimately risking his life to save that of another, is why Deputy Prins received the Award of Valor.

On August 11, 2021, JCSO responded to a multi-agency pursuit of an armed carjacker. Deputy Brent Hegdahl quickly became lead in the pursuit. Sergeant Ben Weaver was the on-duty patrol sergeant and coordinated with multiple agencies to keep the violent offender in view. The suspect drove extremely recklessly throughout the pursuit reaching speeds of over 100 MPH multiple times. Spike strips were successfully deployed as the suspect entered the city of Medford, yet he continued to reach speeds over 100 MPH through neighborhoods. Based on the continued risk to the public, Weaver ordered Hegdahl to initiate a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver, successfully disabling the vehicle by causing it to crash into a hedge. While still inside the vehicle, the suspect raised a handgun and fired at Hegdahl. Both Weaver, Hegdahl, and a Medford Police Officer returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times. Once he stopped firing and was believed to be unconscious, law enforcement approached and removed him from the vehicle to begin rendering aid until Medford Fire Department medics took over, ultimately saving his life. The man was later identified as the suspect in a string of violent crimes to include the shooting of a man in front of his child, an armed carjacking in Portland, and the disappearance of his girlfriend in Yakima, Wash. The courageous actions of these deputies alongside local law enforcement agencies, led to the arrest of a dangerous, violent offender, while ensuring the safety of our community. For that reason, Sergeant Weaver and Deputy Hegdahl received Awards of Valor.

Deputy David Duke received the award for OSSA Command Council SAR Deputy of the Year for outstanding professional achievement and accomplishment while going above and beyond in performing his duties for JCSO Search and Rescue. In 2021 Deputy Duke participated in nearly 140 SAR missions, often acting as team leader. Overall, these missions totaled nearly 1000 hours in the field. He helps run and manage the Tactical Rope Rescue Team and is a level one member. He founded the Bike Response Team, a small unit quick reaction force that responds rapidly to locate a lost or injured subject, provide initial medical care, and prep for the ground teams to carry them out. He is also a member of the Snow Response Group. In 2021, Deputy Duke obtained the highest level of advanced Search and Rescue qualification. For his selfless dedication to SAR and the safety of the County, Deputy Duke received the OSSA 2021 SAR Deputy of the Year.

Congratulations to these deputies and thank you to the OSSA for the recognition of their selfless and courageous actions. Here at JCSO we are proud of the work our deputies do every day to ensure the safety and security of our community.

Attached Media Files: Dep. Duke , Dep. Hegdahl , Sgt. Weaver , Dep. Prins
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Joint Task Force Serves White City Search Warrant After Child Porn Uploaded From Local Medford Residence (Photo) - 01/04/22

JCSO Case #21-3711

WHITE CITY, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force alongside Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Patrol deputies, served a search warrant Tuesday morning at a residence on the 2500 block of Terrmont Street in White City. Investigators discovered numerous images of child pornography were uploaded from an associated residence on the 700 block of Hedy Jayne in Medford. Investigators are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tips started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence. The NCMEC tip led SOCET detectives to seize nearly 47 thousand images for evidence of child exploitation. During Tuesday’s search warrant, digital devices were seized, and will be forensically examined by the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force for further evidence of child exploitation. 

SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking. The task force consists of investigators from JCSOOregon State Police, Medford Police Department, Grants Pass Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.

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Minneci Mugshot
Minneci Mugshot
Armed and Dangerous Suspect Flees Law Enforcement, Canine Team Tracks, Finds Loaded Pistol, Suspect At Large (Photo) - 01/03/22

JCSO Case 22-0010

On Saturday, JCSO Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle in south Medford. The vehicle fled in a reckless manner and JCSO initiated a vehicle pursuit. The driver fled thru Jacksonville and continued to the Applegate Lake area. The driver, later identified as Anthony Minneci, fled into the lake area on foot. 

JCSO conducted a K9 track in an attempt to apprehend Minneci. Several items of interest were located, including a loaded pistol which appeared to have been dropped by the suspect. Minneci was not located that evening and his whereabouts are currently unknown. 

Anthony Minneci, 33, of Medford is considered armed and dangerous and has been involved in numerous vehicle pursuits recently. Several prior convictions include felon in possession of restricted weapons and firearms, as well as assault. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has Probable Cause to arrest Minneci in connection with this case. If you know his whereabouts, please contact JCSO and DO NOT APPROACH OR ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND HIM. Minneci may still be armed and has active warrants for his arrest. If located, please call Dispatch at (541) 776-7206 and reference JCSO case #22-0010.

Attached Media Files: Minneci Mugshot