Detectives seize 11 pounds of meth, suspected fentanyl pills in traffic stop just outside Josephine County

An investigation by Rogue Area Drug Enforcement led to two arrests and the seizure of drugs and weapons just outside of Josephine County on Sunday.

Posted: Mar 8, 2021 1:44 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2021 1:53 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Detectives arrested two suspected drug traffickers just north of Josephine County on Sunday, part of an ongoing investigation by Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE).

RADE detectives, a Grants Pass Police K9 team, and troopers from Oregon State Police stopped a gray Volkswagen SUV on I-5 just south of Azalea on Sunday. Investigators said that they had been watching the two men in the vehicle — Jonathon James Lawson and Jesus Rubio — on suspicion of drug trafficking.

After stopping Lawson and Rubio in the Volkswagen, K9 "Match" alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Officers detained Lawson and Rubio while investigators searched the vehicle.

According to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, the search uncovered more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 10,000 Oxycodone pills believed to be laced with fentanyl, two guns, two bullet-proof vests, scales, packaging material, and cash.

"Both Lawson and Rubio are convicted felons and they were taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Delivery/Possession of methamphetamine and Oxycodone," GPDPS said.

Lawson was also charged for being a felon in possession of firearms and body armor.

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