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MADGE Arrests Alleged Drug Dealer

Anderson,Thomas WalterMEDFORD, Ore. — Medford law enforcement say they have arrested a man accused of concealing drugs and firearms on his property. Police say some of those drugs and firearms were stolen.

At approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team (MADGE), assisted by the Medford Police Department SWAT Team, served a search warrant at the home of Thomas Walter Anderson, at 4832 N. River Road, Rogue River.

MADGE says Anderson is a documented Nazi Low-Rider Prison gang member. MADGE says Anderson briefly barricaded himself in a closet then actively fought with SWAT officers on Wednesday.

MADGE says Anderson was subdued with the use of a taser. MADGE says Anderson’s wife and an elderly male relative were also in the house at the time. Police say they were released without being charged at this time. Another man, Benjamin Andrew Chmelir, was also encountered by police and was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on an out of county warrant charging him with Parole Violation Assault III, as well as Burglary and Theft charges.

On the property, police found heroin concealed both inside the home as well as throughout the wooded property surrounding the home. In addition, officers located 12 handguns and 5 long guns concealed on the property.

MADGE reports that some of the drugs and firearms were located buried on the property. In addition, approximately $10,000 in currency alleged to be drug proceeds was seized as well two sets of body armor. Some of the firearms were determined to be stolen from the Grants Pass and Medford areas. Additional stolen tools were located as well.

Anderson was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of MCS/DCS/PCS – Heroin, Felon in Possession of a Firearm x 17 counts, Resisting Arrest, Felon in Possession of Body Armor x 2 counts and Theft I x 4 counts. Police believe that Anderson is a significant Heroin dealer in the Southern Oregon area.