Drugs Seized So Far Surpasses 2011 Total

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Agency (MADGE) is calling the amount of illegal drug circulating through Medford “staggering”. The amount of marijuana seized so far this year has already surpassed seizures from all of last year combined. The same goes for illegal money recovered.

From January to July of this year, officers have seized more than 84 pounds of meth, and over 50 pounds of heroin. Over $500,000 has been seized so far this year, compared with the less than $300,000 in total that was confiscated last year.

The Medford area has been designated as a “high intensity drug trafficking area.” MADGE must now work closely with other agencies.

“That model was to work together and we work really well together its not that we have new resources its just how we use them that is making us successful,” said Kevin Waluff, a sergeant with MADGE.

Officers say they will now focus on gathering information on the newest drug trend, the high-intensity group of drugs known as bath salts.