Drug cops bust suspected meth importer

A months-long investigation ended Wednesday with the arrest of a man drug investigators suspect was getting large amounts of methamphetamine from California for distribution to other dealers in Jackson County.

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team arrested Martiano Lopez-Flores, 27, of the 400 block of Plum Street, Medford, on charges of manufacture, distribution and possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding him on suspicion of being in the country illegally. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

MADGE detectives searched Lopez-Flores' Plum Street residence at 10 a.m. Wednesday and found about 10 ounces of methamphetamine, packaging, scales and $405 in cash, police said in a news release Thursday.

Police said they had spent more than two months tracking drugs in the case.

Lopez-Flores was set to be arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.

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