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Three Arrested In Drug Bust Near School

The three suspects were found in possession of meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and butane honey oil.

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 4:22 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 4:59 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department announced today that they have arrested three suspects after executing a search warrant at an address in the 300 block of Bessie Street in Medford. The Medford Police SWAT team and Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team (MADGE) lead the operation.

Police served the search warrant this morning, February 22, at 5:30 a.m. 31 year-old Mark Anthony Sotelo, 41 year-old Renee Sotelo, and 23 year-old Jesse Yanez—all residents at the Bessie Street arrest—were arrested during the bust.

At the scene, investigators seized 16.5 grams of methamphetamine, 12.34 grams of heroin, 4.19 grams of cocaine, 25 pounds of marijuana, and 194 grams of butane honey oil (BHO)—a form of hash created by using a solvent such as butane to extract THC from marijuana. Packaging materials, scales, BHO lab equipment, and a 9 millimeter Glock handgun were also found in the residence.

In addition to charges for the possession, manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs, the three suspects' charges are compounded by their proximity to a school—the residence stands almost an equal distance from both Hedrick Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary, one or both of which are less than 1000 feet away.

This drug bust is the culmination of a month-long drug trafficking investigation undertaken by MADGE.

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