CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – *UPDATE* – Two suspects were arrested for allegedly dealing methamphetamine and heroin in Medford.
Court documents show on the morning of November 1, officers with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team (MADGE) arrived at a home on Honeytree Lane in Central Point to serve a search warrant. The action was the culmination of several years of investigative work, Medford police said.
At the home, officers found 47-year-old Corey Dennis Bearnson in the backyard.
When officers searched Corey Bearnson’s room, they found about seven pounds of methamphetamine, nearly two pounds of heroin, cash, scales, packing materials, and drug records.
According to court documents, Corey Bearnson told investigators he was selling meth for 34-year-old Osbaldo Silva. He said the drugs officers found belonged to Silva and he was in the process of buying a kilo of meth from Silva. “Over 1 pound of heroin and 7 pounds of meth are not user amounts,” officers said.
Corey Bearnson was arrested and charged with unlawful possession, delivery, and manufacture of methamphetamine. He was also charged with unlawful possession and delivery of heroin.
Bearnson is also the older brother of Medford City Councilor Clay Bearnson.
In a statement, Councilor Bearnson said:
Drug addiction is the scourge of our community, and for the past five years as a city councilor, I have advocated and supported increases of funding for mental health and drug addiction programs. This is a societal issue that touches most families.Unfortunately, drug addiction does not discriminate against the families that it affects, including mine. As one can imagine, this has been a harrowing ordeal from my family, and most of my concern, my mother, who, sometimes to her detriment, loves all of her children unconditionally.As an elected official, I will continue to support and advocate for institutions that help people recover in hopes that it will help prevent other families in our community from sharing experiences of this nature.I cannot speak to any potential relationships of my employer as I no longer have any vested interests.I would like to thank the community for their understanding during this difficult family moment and for respecting our privacy as we move forward.
Silva was arrested and booked in the Jackson County Jail for the same charges as Corey Bearnson. Both suspects are being held on more than $1 million bail.