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Plants Surrey Dr
Marijuana Search Warrant 08/11/22 (Photo) - 08/11/22

INCIDENT DATE: August 11, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana  

                   2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 

                   3- Misappropriation of Water                                    

DETAILS:

On August 11, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), Josephine County Code Enforcement and Douglas County Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) executed a search warrant on Surrey Drive in Josephine County regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 10,000 growing marijuana plants and approximately 2500 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. 

The property also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the property. 

Multiple workers fled into a heavily wooded area and were not located. The primary suspect was also not located during the execution of the warrant. The charges listed above are the charges the primary suspect will be facing based on the evidence located. 

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Plants Surrey Dr
Plants Surrey Dr
Marijuana Search Warrant 08/11/22 (Photo) - 08/11/22

INCIDENT DATE: August 11, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana  

                   2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 

                   3- Misappropriation of Water                                    

DETAILS:

On August 11, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), Josephine County Code Enforcement and Douglas County Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) executed a search warrant on Surrey Drive in Josephine County regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 10,000 growing marijuana plants and approximately 2500 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. 

The property also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the property. 

Multiple workers fled into a heavily wooded area and were not located. The primary suspect was also not located during the execution of the warrant. The charges listed above are the charges the primary suspect will be facing based on the evidence located. 

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Williams Hwy Trash
Williams Hwy Trash
Multiple Marijuana Search Warrants (Photo) - 08/10/22

INCIDENT DATE: August 8, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

ARRESTED: 1- Ian Seiwell Hogue, 34 years-old

                     2- Christine Ann Hadik, 34 years-old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana  

                    2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana                                     

DETAILS:

On August 8, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) and Josephine County Code Enforcement executed two search warrants, one in the 200 block of College Drive and the other in the 1200 block of Pickett Creek Road regarding illegal marijuana grow sites.

During the execution of the warrants, approximately 3,000 growing marijuana plants and approximately 1,000 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. 

The properties also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the property. 

Ian Hogue and Christine Hadik were taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

 

INCIDENT DATE: August 9, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana  

                   2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 

                   3- Misappropriation of Water                                    

DETAILS:

On August 9, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE), Josephine County Code Enforcement, Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section Team, Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) of the Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed 11 search warrants between the 8,000 block and 11,000 block of Williams Highway regarding illegal marijuana grow sites.

During the execution of the warrants more than 36,000 growing marijuana plants and approximately 2,500 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. 

The property also had multiple electrical, water and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the property.  

Multiple workers were detained for officer safety, however, the primary suspect was not located during the execution of the warrants.  The charges listed above are the charges the primary suspect will be facing based on the evidence located.   

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Processed Marijuana
Processed Marijuana
Marijuana Search Warrant 08/04/22 (Photo) - 08/04/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: August 4, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

ARRESTED: 1- Patrick Timothy Cross, 51 years-old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana  

                   2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana                                    

DETAILS:

On August 4, 2022 the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Josephine County Code Enforcement executed a search warrant in the 5000 block of Reeves Creek, Selma regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, 145 growing marijuana plants and approximately 200 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. In addition to the marijuana plants and processed marijuana, multiple firearms were seized. Although the size of this grow operation was not large in comparison to others we have seen this year, it was well beyond the legal limit of 4 plants allowed per Oregon State Law. JMET always leaves 4 legal marijuana plants when we dismantle each grow operation.

The property also had multiple electrical and solid waste code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the property. 

Patrick Timothy Cross was taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

 

Update: Located : Missing Person: Howe, Broken Arrow - 08/03/22

UPDATE: SUBJECT HAS BEEN LOCATED 

Name: Broken Arrow Howe

Case: 22001749

Age: 57

Sex: Male

Race: Native American

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 173

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Green

Information: Broken Arrow Howe was last known to be in Josephine County. He has not contacted his family in several weeks. He may be driving a white Mazda pickup with a white canopy. The license plate is unknown at this time. The pickup has a blue stripe and there is a dent behind the driver rear tire. Broken Arrow was formerly known as Curtis Stewart. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office at 541-474-5123. 

 

Attached Media Files: LOCATED_Howe_missing.pdf
Williams Hwy MJ
Williams Hwy MJ
Marijuana Search Warrants (Photo) - 08/02/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: August 1, 2022 and August 2, 2022

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

ARRESTED: 1- Jesus Alcazar-Varelas, 34-years old

                     2- Christopher James Clark, 28-years old

                     3- Blu Shayne McFadden, 50-years old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana  

                    2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 

                    3- Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana                                   

DETAILS:

On August 1, 2022 and August 2, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) and Josephine County Code Enforcement executed four separate search warrants in the 12,000 block of Williams Highway, 1500 block of Three Pines Road, 4000 block of Redwood Avenue and 300 block of South Livingston Way regarding illegal marijuana grow sites.

During the execution of the warrants, more than 12,000 growing marijuana plants and over 10,000 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. In addition to the marijuana plants and processed marijuana, multiple firearms and over $400,000 in cash was seized. All of the properties involved had multiple water and electrical code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the properties. 

Jesus Alcazar-Varelas, Christopher James Clark, and Blu Shayne McFadden were taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Suspicious Incident - 07/26/22

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: July 24, 2022 at 9:30 AM

REPORTING DEPUTY: Undersheriff Travis Snyder                       

DETAILS:

On July 24, 2022, at approximately 9:30 AM the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious incident that took place in Sunny Valley. A female caller reported that while driving on Leland Road, she observed a vehicle following her and swerving.  In an attempt to create space, the female caller sped up at which time the vehicle following her sped up as well.  The suspect vehicle chased the female caller until she drove to a residence on Dog Creek Road and asked for help.

Two males associated with the vehicle were contacted by a neighbor who told them to leave the area which they did.  The males are identified as both appearing Hispanic.  One male was described as heavy set while the other was described as thin. 

The suspect vehicle was a green Jeep SUV or a vehicle with similar appearance. The caller was able to identify a California license plate on the vehicle but was unable to obtain the license plate number. 

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area and were unable to find a vehicle matching the given description. 

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all citizens to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. 

If anyone has information regarding this incident or the vehicle described, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office at 541-474-5123.

UPDATE - LOCATED Missing Person: Henry Buchler - 07/23/22

UPDATE: SUBJECT HAS BEEN LOCATED

Name: Henry Buchler

CASE: 22001693

AGE: 62

SEX: Male         

RACE: White

HEIGHT: 5’09”

WEIGHT: 155    

HAIR: Brown/Gray      

EYES: Brown

On July 22, 2022, at approximately 10:30 AM, Henry Buchler left his residence off Stewart Road in Grants Pass. Buchler was pushing a large black laundry cart full of personal items. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, dark blue windbreaker, and a white ball cap.  Buchler can get confused when speaking, has limited use of one arm, and walks with a limp. 

Please contact Josephine County Sheriff's Office with any information:  541-474-5123

Attached Media Files: LOCATED_Bulcher_missing.pdf
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Marijuana Search Warrant : Selma (Photo) - 07/22/22

INCIDENT: Marijuana Search Warrant 

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: July 21, 2022 

REPORTING DEPUTY: Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET)

ARRESTED: Jhonathan Gutierrez-Salazat, 28 years-old

CHARGES: 1- Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana  

                   2- Unlawful Possession of Marijuana                                  

DETAILS:

On July 21, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) and Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement Section Team (SWRDEST), executed a search warrant in the 5000 block of Lakeshore Drive in Selma regarding an illegal marijuana grow site.

During the execution of the warrant, approximately 12,000 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed which were located inside multiple greenhouses on the property. In addition to the growing marijuana plants, approximately 1,000 pounds of processed marijuana was located in an outbuilding. Twelve individuals were detained for officer safety while others fled into the heavily wooded area nearby and were not located. 

28-year-old Jhonathan Gutierrez-Salazat was taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release, the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Jail Overdose - 07/21/22

INCIDENT: Jail Overdose
 
INCIDENT DATE AND TIME: July 21, 2022 at 10:25 AM
 
REPORTING DEPUTY: Undersheriff Travis Snyder

DETAILS:
 
On July 21, 2022 at approximately 10:25 AM, an Adult In Custody (AIC) at the Josephine County Jail was found to exhibit signs of fentanyl ingestion and potential overdose.  Deputies and medical staff within the jail began immediate treatment at which time a second AIC was found to have symptoms consistent with fentanyl overdose.  Immediate care was also provided to the second AIC and both were transported to an area hospital.  Both AIC’s are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery.
 
It has been determined that drugs were smuggled into the facility by an AIC who shared them with a second AIC.  Criminal charges will be sought for all parties involved with introduction of contraband into the jail and possession of controlled substances.  
 
This incident remains under investigation and additional details are not available.

Update -- Missing Person: Murphy, Jayme - 07/19/22

LOCATED

Name: Murphy, Jayme

Age: 33

Sex: Female

Race: Caucasian

Height: 5'02"

Weight: 115 lbs. 

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Information: Jayme was last seen Thursday, July 14, 2022 at her residence in the 100 block of Redland Dr in the Wilderville area.  If you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office at 541-474-5123.  

Please reference case #22001644. 

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash 07/16/22 - 07/18/22

CASE NUMBER: 22001633

INCIDENT DATE AND TIME:  July 16, 2022, at 12:55 PM

DECEASED:  James Scott Mattox 38-year-old male

REPORTING DEPUTY:  Corporal Aaron Porter

DETAILS: 

On July 16, 2022 at approximately 12:55 PM a Deputy from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a motor vehicle near the 5500 Block of Rockydale Road in Cave Junction.  The vehicle sped up attempting to elude law enforcement.  The vehicle began driving recklessly and the deputy terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety. 

Shortly after, the vehicle was found crashed through a power pole, fence and into trees on the roadside.  The 38-year-old male driver and sole occupant was conscious but trapped inside the vehicle. Illinois Valley Fire, American Medical Response and Pacific Power responded to the scene and extricated the driver.  The driver was subsequently transported to Rogue Regional Hospital in Medford where he later died from his injuries.  Next of kin have been notified. 

This case is still under investigation and additional details are not available.