GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Three men have been arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail in relation to a meth distribution organization in the county.
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Jim Johnson, detectives with the inter-agency Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team, with assistance of Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS), established surveillance on a Grants Pass-area residence after receiving information that an out-of-state shipment of methamphetamine was in the process of being distributed in the area.
Detectives eventually arrested 48-year-old Chris Sage, who police observed leaving an apartment carrying a canvas tarp concealing firearms. Investigation of the vehicle led officers to seize a stolen AR-15 rifle, a shotgun, over one pound of marijuana, and approximately 4 ounces of methamphetamine.
The investigation continued through the day as police arrested two more men at a traffic stop on 7th Street near Manzanita Avenue. The men, 28-year-old John Gabriel Martinez and 36-year-old Taro Manuita, were charged with possession, distribution and the manufacture of meth.
Additional follow up based upon information developed during the day led RADE and GPDPS detectives to another apartment where they seized a couple more pounds of meth and more firearms. Authorities said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.