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Medford Heroin Dealer Sentenced

Suspect Injures and Threatens Police[UPDATE – October 21, 2014] – On Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner sentenced Dennis Lee, 45, of Medford to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sanchez will be on three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. Lee’s 10-year sentence is the maximum allowed under federal law.

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) has arrested two people connected to drug trafficking. MADGE alleges one of them is a heroin dealer.

Last week, investigators served a search warrant on a camper alongside a residence in the 100 block of Washington Street in Medford. The search warrant was based on a drug investigation surrounding the suspect, Dennis Lee.

MADGE says when approached by investigators, Lee attempted to escape. He threw a cup of liquid in one investigators face and actively resisted being taken into custody. Officers utilized a Taser to take Lee into custody. The liquid is believed to have been an alcoholic beverage. The suspect had a 9mm handgun in his pants pocket at the time he was taken into custody.

MADGE investigators located two grams of heroin, almost three ounces of marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine, packaging, scales, and drug records during their search of the camper and the suspect. In addition, investigators located over $9,000 in US currency alleged to be proceeds from drug trafficking. MADGE says Lee is a convicted felon.

A second suspect, Nicole Leann Hilkey, also lived in the camper at the residence. She was also arrested and taken into custody.