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Medford man sentenced to nearly 17 years for string of armed marijuana robberies

Christian Miller and several others were accused of arming themselves and dressing in tactical gear to rob people of their marijuana while posing as law enforcement.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 12:36 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2021 12:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A local man will serve almost 17 years in prison for his part in a string of armed robberies that took place in 2018 and 2019, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Christian Miller worked with several co-conspirators to steal marijuana and cash, the DA's office said. The men would arm themselves, dress in tactical gear, then "raid" locations with large quantities of cannabis while posing as law enforcement.

The first of three robberies happened on May 11, 2018. According to the DA's office, Miller and a co-defendant set up a drug deal at the White City Ponds. When the other party arrived, Miller awaited them in tactical gear — announcing that they were DEA and that it was a raid. The victims were held at gunpoint while the suspects stole marijuana, cash, and credit cards.

A second robbery happened just days later, on May 24. Miller set up another drug deal, then made a deal with some co-conspirators to provide a gun if the other men would carry out the robbery. Police later found Miller with zip ties, tactical gear, guns and ammunition.

Court documents indicate that Miller was charged in November of 2018 with unlawful possession of a firearm, but he was released at his arraignment less than a month later.

The third robbery occurred nearly a year after the second, on March 23 of 2019. Miller and his co-defendants set up a drug deal at a house on Dodge Road. They arrived wearing tactical gear, announcing that they were with the Sheriff's Department. The victims were handcuffed or zip-tied and then pepper-sprayed. Miller and his crew stole almost 100 pounds of marijuana.

A Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigation eventually identified and arrested all of the conspirators. After gaining a search warrant for Miller's house, detectives found tactical gear, guns, masks, handcuffs and zip ties. Miller later admitted to planning the robberies, posing as law enforcement, and stealing marijuana and cash.

Miller is the last of these suspects to be sentenced. He pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery in the first degree, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of robbery in the second degree, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of criminal impersonation of a peace officer, and one count of aggravated theft in the first degree.

Miller was sentenced to serve 200 months in Oregon state prison under Measure 11, followed by three years of post-prison supervision.

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