STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

K9 Identifies Three Storage Units Full of Drugs, Guns in Grants Pass

K9 'Match' helped detectives and officers make an arrest connected to large quantities of meth, heroin, cocaine, cash and firearms.

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 11:01 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — One man is behind bars and a plethora of drugs and guns are in police custody after a K9 helped officers with a traffic stop earlier this week, according to Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE).

RADE detectives had long been investigating 41-year-old Alejandro "Alex" Mendeola. On Tuesday, they brought that investigation to a close with the help of Grants Pass Police officers and their drug-sniffing K9 "Match," RADE said.

First, patrol officers stopped Mendeola in his vehicle in A-1 Mini Storage — where Mendeola had three rented storage units, RADE said. Mendeola was apparently getting into one of those units at the time.

As officers performed the stop, Match alerted on Mendeola's vehicle. A search of the car uncovered about a half-pound of methamphetamine, 3.5 ounces of heroin, two ounces of cocaine, and scales, packaging material and more than $1,100 in cash.

Then, officers unleashed Match on the storage units. According to RADE, the K9 found narcotics in all three — amounting to more than 10 pounds of meth, 1.08 pounds of heroin, and an assortment of 28 handguns and rifles. Five of those guns had been reported stolen.

"Mendeola is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any firearms," RADE said in a statement.

The investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information or questions is asked to email rade@grantspassoregon.gov or call detectives at 541-955-6970.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 31865

Reported Deaths: 539
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7022136
Marion456992
Washington441759
Umatilla293941
Clackamas234661
Malheur158926
Jackson11094
Lane109616
Deschutes79312
Yamhill75013
Jefferson5218
Polk51515
Linn49513
Morrow4946
Lincoln47613
Union4392
Benton2946
Klamath2792
Wasco2793
Hood River2490
Douglas2244
Josephine1952
Columbia1551
Coos1490
Clatsop1310
Baker922
Crook621
Tillamook510
Curry310
Lake290
Wallowa281
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant90
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 799516

Reported Deaths: 15393
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2644146455
Riverside578831179
San Bernardino53359918
Orange526221182
San Diego45596773
Kern31712360
Fresno28019362
Sacramento21872399
Alameda20951397
Santa Clara20756304
San Joaquin20126437
Stanislaus16436345
Contra Costa16238204
Tulare15829259
Ventura12591146
Imperial11741317
San Francisco1094699
San Mateo9714144
Monterey970170
Santa Barbara8973113
Merced8828140
Kings756977
Sonoma7262120
Marin6641114
Solano627863
Madera445865
Placer353544
San Luis Obispo347929
Butte279043
Yolo278255
Santa Cruz22949
Sutter168911
Napa165313
San Benito132111
Yuba11367
El Dorado10884
Mendocino89418
Shasta75916
Lassen7360
Glenn5713
Tehama5334
Lake53011
Nevada5286
Colusa5246
Humboldt4967
Calaveras31414
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 47°
Brookings
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 55°
Crater Lake
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 37°
Grants Pass
Few Clouds
44° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 37°
Klamath Falls
Clear
37° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 37°
Spotty afternoon showers
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Friday, September 25 morning weather

Image

Happy Camp Hero

Image

New multi-agency resource center opened in Medford

Image

Thursday, September 24th Evening Weather

Image

Community of Happy Camp begins recovery after Slater Fire destruction

Image

Thursday, September 24 afternoon weather

Image

Thursday, September 24 morning weather

Image

LCC K9 MINISTRY SENDS COMFORT DOGS TO JACKSON COUNTY

Image

Wednesday, September 23rd Evening Weather

Image

Wednesday, September 23 afternoon weather