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An army of officers breaks up county heroin ring

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    An army of officers breaks up county heroin ring

    SWAT teams joined forces with 160 federal and state law-enforcement officers early Sunday to break up a massive heroin ring centered in Jackson County that led to the arrest of 22 suspects.

    The FBI, local police and sheriff SWAT units issued 14 search warrants — 11 in Medford alone — as the culmination of an ongoing investigation that began in December 2007. A search warrant was issued in Gold Hill and two others issued in unincorporated areas.

    Investigators allege the drug-trafficking ring has ties to other states as well as the surrounding region including Josephine, Douglas and Klamath counties.

    Two of the suspects, Ismaiel Anaya-Acevedo, 20, and Eliot Aden Delavirgen, 33, were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, a controlled substance.

    The remaining suspects are charged with a variety of crimes, from possession of heroin, methamphetamine, methadone, sex abuse and parole violations.

    According to Medford police, the other suspects are Jessica Lapizco, 24; Austin Hernandez, 23; Demetrio Hernandez, 25; James Nero, 58; Taffy Nero, 53; Jerret Michael Hooey, 21; Jesse Sorensen, 26; Anthony Aaron Alber, 46; James Bryan, 47; William Sanders, 35; Jodi Potteiger, 28; Ronald Coutee, 54; Heidi Barocsi, 52; Ronald Nicholas Mistretta, 52; Warren Alex Rich, 25; Erica Ann Lapizco, 31; Robert Baldwin, 47; Frank Garalee, 29; Christopher Sheehan, 38; Victor Antonio Solis, 22.

    October 04, 2009



  1. old hippie 56
    7.2727 cop per arrestee. Must have been some really dangerous people.
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    yes- friends witnessed some of the action- guess it caused quite a bit of chaos in the area- long a bastion of LSD and Psilocybes...guess a lot of folks thought it was them the procession was coming for...

    Heroin bust in Jackson County

    On Oct. 4 beginning at 6 a.m. hours, approximately 160 municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement officers began executing 14 search warrants at various locations throughout Jackson County. The investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team focused on a large Heroin drug trafficking organization that was centered in the Rogue Valley. The investigation began in December 2007. The organization is alleged to have ties to other states as well as the surrounding region including Jackson, Josephine, Douglas and Klamath Counties.

    The search warrants were served at 11 locations inside the City of Medford, 1 inside the City of Gold Hill and 2 within the unincorporated area of Jackson County.

    During the service of the warrants, SWAT teams from the FBI, Medford Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department were utilized at locations in the 2100 block of Whittle Road, 4600 block of Antelope Road and 5200 block of Pioneer Road.

    A total of 22 individuals were arrested on charges related to this investigation as well as other crimes which were discovered as a result of this enforcement action. (See listed names)

    The investigation is ongoing.

    The following agencies participated in this investigation: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team, Medford Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, ICE, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Southern Oregon TNT, Oregon State Police, RADE Team, Ashland Police Department, Grants Pass Police Department, Josephine County Sheriff’s Department, Talent Police Department, Phoenix Police Department, Central Point Police Department, Klamath Falls Police Department, DHS-Child Welfare, US Attorney’s Office, Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and the Oregon Department of Justice.

    Arrests included

    Ismael Anaya-Acevedo, 27,
    Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substance-Heroin

    Eliot Aden Delavirgen, 33,
    Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substance-Heroin

    Jessica Lapizco, 24,
    MCS/DCS/PCS-Heroin, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor – 3 counts

    Austin Hernandez, 23,
    Parole Violation – Robbery II

    Demetrio Hernandez, 24,DOB
    Probation Violation – Assault III/PCS-Methamphetamine

    James Nero, James, 58

    Taffy Nero, 53

    Jerret Michael Hooey, 21,

    Jesse Sorensen, 26,
    PCS-Heroin, PCS-Methadone

    Anthony Aaron Albert, 46

    James Bryant Hurley, 47
    PCS- Methamphetamine

    William Sanders, 35,
    MCS/DCS-Heroin within 1000’ School, PCS-Heroin, MCS/DCS-Marijuana within 1000’ School, MCS/DCS-Psilocybin within 1000’ School, PCS-Psilocybin

    Jodi Potteiger, Jodi, 27,
    MCS/DCS-Heroin within 1000’ School, PCS-Heroin, MCS/DCS-Marijuana within 1000’ School, MCS/DCS-Psilocybin within 1000’ School, PCS-Psilocybin

    Ronald Coutee,,54,
    Felon in Possession Firearm – 2 counts, Unlawful Possession Firearm- 2 Counts, MCS/DCS/PCS-Heroin, MCS/DCS/PCS-Marijuana

    Heidi Barocsi, Heidi, 52,
    MCS/DCS/PCS-Heroin, MCS/DCS/PCS-Marijuana

    Ronald Nicholas Mistretta, 32,
    PCS-Heroin, PCS-Ketamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

    Warren Alex Rich, 24,
    PCS-Heroin, PCS-Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

    Lapizco, Erica Ann, 30,
    PCS-Heroin, PCS-Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

    Robert Baldwin, 47,

    Garalee Frank, 29

    Christopher Sheehan, 38,

    Victor Antonio Solis, 22,
    Sex Abuse III – 2 counts, Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor

  3. old hippie 56
    They must be trying to justify the need for federal grant money, or training to raid those deadly medical marijuana users..
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