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Police in a number of vehicles descended on Allen Creek Road in Grants Pass on July 17, with witnesses describing a SWAT team and armored vehicle.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 5:06 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2019 3:48 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —

UPDATE: The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) has released more information about an arrest that took place on July 17 — the culmination of an investigation into an alleged drug dealer with a history of violence.

On July 17, detectives with RADE (Rogue Area Drug Enforcement) served a search warrant at 1297 Flower Lane in Grants Pass.

"The subject of the investigation/search warrant was Robert Goodlette," GPDPS said. "Due to information Goodlette possessed firearms and Goodlette’s history of violent crimes including assaulting a peace officer, a small GPDPS SWAT element was included with the execution of the search warrant."

Officers found Goodlette and took him into custody. Two other suspects, Brandon Fernandez and Britney Williams, were "also located" during the raid.

An investigation at the house on Flower Lane lasted for several more days, unearthing at least 471 grams (more than a pound) of heroin, 404 grams of methamphetamine, $6,319 in cash, a 9mm pistol and ammo, 186.6 grams "of suspected 'Cut' for drugs," pills, digital scales and packaging materials.

Goodlette was initially lodged in the Josephine County Jail for possession, manufacture, and dealing of heroin and meth. More potential charges have been referred to the District Attorney's office for possession and dealing of Schedule II/III substances, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and failure to register as a sex offender.

Williams was held on a warrant out of Medford for possession, manufacture, and dealing of heroin as well as identity theft. He may face additional charges in Josephine County. Fernandez may also face drug charges in the case.

Lieutenant Ward with GPDPS confirmed that the July 17 police activity on Allen Creek Road was related to Goodlette's arrest and the investigation a few blocks away on Flower Lane.

(Updated 7/29/19 at 3:30 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Details are slim following an apparent law enforcement raid in Grants Pass on Wednesday afternoon. A column of police vehicles remained parked along Allen Creek Road near Redwood Avenue following the incident.

According to witnesses, the raid involved an armored vehicle and a SWAT team.

When NewsWatch 12 arrived at the scene, at least one man was being taken away in handcuffs by police officers clad in bullet-proof vests. The armored vehicle was nowhere to be seen, but a green SUV — believed to be the suspect vehicle — remained parked nearby the line of law enforcement vehicles.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety categorized the incident as a "raid" but has not yet released any further details. This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update the article with more details as they emerge.

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