Tip on anti-crime Facebook page leads to federal gun charge

A man identified on an anti-crime Facebook page in Southern Oregon is in jail facing a federal gun charge.

Carol Dickson, a retired sheriff's deputy who runs the "To Catch a Thief" group, let out a whoop for joy today on hearing the news.

Lief Devin Carrier, 46, of Cave Junction, faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun.

An affidavit filed by an anti-drug task force says investigators noticed a posting on the "To Catch a Thief" Facebook page, which focuses on the Illinois Valley, mentioned Carrier's house was a "chop shop," where stolen cars were cut up for parts, and that Carrier was armed.

Police arranged for an undercover informant to go there to buy marijuana. When police moved in for the arrest, they found a semi-automatic rifle in the shop.

The Daily Courier in Grants Pass reported that the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team searched Carrier's home Oct. 4 and seized methamphetamine, scales, six marijuana plants and two rifles, plus ammunition. Carrier, who is an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patient and whose home is a medical marijuana grow site, was charged in Josephine County Circuit Court with manufacturing marijuana, delivering methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a gun. Those charges were dropped after he was arraigned on the federal charge.

— Associated Press

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