MADGE Drug Raid Nets 5 Arrests and Heroin Off the Streets

, Posted: Thu, June 20 2013 at 1:07 AM, Updated: Thu, June 20 2013 at 1:35 AM

An early morning raid at a Medford motel turned into a virtual jackpot for Medford Drug and Gang Enforcement -- netting  five arrests in all and thousands of dollars in heroin off the streets.  But  it's that recent spike in the drug trade that is killing the bottom line  of one Medford business.  NBC5's Laura Cavanaugh explains.

A rude awakening for a pair of career criminals.  Officers with MADGE and a SWAT team swarmed the Cedar Lodge motel at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.  They arrested two men from Oakland California, who they say had set up shop to sell heroin.  They are 46 year-old Keith Rogers and 47 year-old Paul Byers.

Authorities confiscated a .45 glock handgun and three ounces of heroin.  It was the culmination of a two month long  investigation by MADGE.

Investigators had originally targeted two individuals, but things escalated from there, netting three more drug-related arrests.

It's a problem that has plagued the Cedar Lodge Motel with three criminal incidents in less than two weeks.  The General Manager  says that unwelcome activity is killing his bottom line.  In his time on the job as General Manager of the Cedar Lodge Motel, Luis Valtierra says he  has seen things get progressively worse along the Riverside Corridor.

And with Medford's proximity to the I-5 corridor, it's attractive to would-be dealers.   Last year Johnson says the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement confiscated 54 pounds of heroin.

It's all the more reason local authorities are stepping up their efforts to keep these highly addictive drugs and the crime that follows off the streets.

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