Law Enforcement Explains Why MADGE Investigation Took 3 Months

Investigators arrested two suspects after 3 month long drug sale investigation.

Posted: Dec. 27, 2017 6:27 PM
Updated: Dec. 27, 2017 6:31 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- One woman has lived on Connell Avenue for almost 20 years. She didn't feel comfortable giving her name but she said she cannot believe this happened on her own block.

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"I'm shocked. This is really a quiet street and I didn't see anything. I'm surprised."

The Medford Police Department said on December 21st investigators served two search warrants after a three month long meth sales investigation, one in Medford and the other in central point. The Medford warrant led to the arrest of Tommy Loftis on Connell Avenue while the Central Point warrant led to the arrest of Verne Thayer on Amy Street.

"If we don't have anything like that going on it's safe. It's nice. Because we're like two blocks away from an elementary school so that's you know good for the kiddos and it's good for our neighborhood," said the Connell Avenue resident.

Lieutenant Ivens with the Medford Police Department said this isn't the first time he's heard of Loftis.

Justin says: "I've been doing this for over 20 years and his name has been constantly on the radar. So if you're an officer and you've been around Southern Oregon for a little bit of time, you're familiar with Tommy Loftis. He's just one of those players in the game."
Investigators said the suspects were found with a stolen gun, $8,000 and more than 38 grams of meth. That's just over 2 and a half tablespoons.

"We don't have a crystal ball inside these drug houses asking how many drugs you have today. We know that they sell and buy and sometimes you get a large amount of money and sometimes you get a large amount of drugs. Its goes hand in hand. Usually when they have a large amount of money, they're low on drugs. When they have a lot of drugs, we don't see that cash amount," Ivens added.

Ivens said it took three months to arrest the two suspects. He said MADGE investigators weren't solely focused on these two suspects because there were other cases that put this one on the backburner, like the drive-by homicide that happened in November.

"So we ended up drawing from our resources from our MADGE detectives and we utilize those folks to assist us with that homicide investigation which goes to the top of the food chain at that particular time," said Lt. Ivens.

Right now both suspects are lodged in the Jackson County Jail and the stolen gun police said was in Thayer’s possession is still under investigation.

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