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Meth Distributor Arrested in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass man was arrested this past Sunday by the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) after detectives found roughly one pound of methamphetamine in his backpack.

Sergeant Jim Johnson of the Oregon State Police said RADE detectives received information about an individual possibly transporting illegal drugs into Josephine County. This led officials to conduct surveillance near the intersection of Grants Pass Parkway and Agness Street where they spotted the suspect carrying a backpack. The suspect was confronted, arrested, and identified as 50-year old Gildardo Bazan after detectives found the methamphetamine in his backpack.

Following the arrest, investigators went to his residence in Grants Pass and upon searching it seized several laptops, one of which was confirmed stolen, among other evidence. Bazan was taken to the Josephine County Jail for unlawful possession, manufacture, and distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Sergeant Johnson said the seizure is especially satisfying because the methamphetamine was initially for distribution and had not made it to the hands of area users. The estimated value of the methamphetamine captured is approximately $14,000.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity or marijuana growing operations is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970