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  • Drug arrests at Cedar Lodge raise red flags

    Medford police Chief Tim George says owners will be contacted after a pattern of crime problems at the inn
  • Following an early-morning raid Wednesday that ended in multiple arrests for heroin and methamphetamine sales at the Cedar Lodge Inn, Medford police say they are ready to draw a line in the sand for the owners of the property.
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  • Following an early-morning raid Wednesday that ended in multiple arrests for heroin and methamphetamine sales at the Cedar Lodge Inn, Medford police say they are ready to draw a line in the sand for the owners of the property.
    The drug raid comes on the heels of a stabbing and the arrest of one of the motel's residents on bank robbery charges.
    Medford police Chief Tim George said the Cedar Lodge Inn has become too large a problem to ignore.
    "We are going to make contact with the owners because this is not acceptable," George said. "We've seen enough there recently that makes it obvious there's a problem there that needs to be fixed."
    On Wednesday, Medford Drug and Gang Enforcement officers arrived at the motel on Riverside Avenue at 7 a.m. after an investigation led them to believe two Oakland, Calif., men had set up shop there to sell heroin, MADGE Lt. Brett Johnson said.
    "Word is out that there's a market for heroin in Medford," Johnson said. "Lately we've seen the heroin move here from California. It was coming from Portland before, but that's changed."
    MADGE has been investigating the group working at the Cedar Lodge Inn for two months. Officers said when they arrived this morning, they found just over 3 ounces of heroin, packaging, scales, drug records and a .45 Glock handgun.
    Arrested were Keith Levon Rogers, 46, and Paul Madison Byers, 47, both of Oakland. They were lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of delivery, possession and manufacture of heroin. In addition, Byers was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both remained lodged late Wednesday on $55,000 bail.
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