MADGE Makes Money Laundering Arrest

MADGE pot arrest 2PHOENIX, Ore. — Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) investigators have arrested a man involved in drugs and money laundering.

Back in October of this year, MADGE investigators seized a package sent from Austin, Texas through a private shipping carrier in Medford. MADGE says the package was seized after a positive alert from a MADGE police canine. MADGE says the package contained $12,000 in U.S. currency and that it was being sent to a 700 W. 1st Street residence in Phoenix.

Investigators knew the residence was an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program grow site for two. After an initial conversation with Mark Hill, MADGE investigators applied for a search warrant for the residence. The execution of the search warrant at the house revealed the following:

Sixty-five pounds of dried marijuana, trace amounts of methamphetamine, trace amounts of heroin, a small amount of dried mushrooms, scales, packaging materials, shipping materials, and $740 in US currency alleged to be proceeds of drug trafficking.

MADGE investigators found remnants of an outdoor grow consistent with the twelve marijuana plants allowed by the cards at the residence including one live marijuana plant. In addition, used packaging materials from Austin, Texas showed that the suspect had received multiple packages from that area.

Hill was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on a bail of $35,000. He faces charges of possession and manufacture of a controlled substance, as well as money laundering.