Suspected methamphetamine dealer arrested in Ashland

A California man is jailed in Jackson County on more than $1 million bail after drug investigators reportedly found nine ounces of methamphetamine in his Volvo near Ashland this morning.

According to a news release from Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, investigators arrested 36-year-old Saul Rosales, believed to be from Santa Rosa, Calif., on charges of delivery, manufacture and possession of meth.

Police said they had received a tip that he was involved in a large scale methamphetamine distribution operation throughout Southern Oregon, including in Ashland.

They stopped him at about 10:34 a.m. today in a bronze 2004 Volvo utility vehicle with California license plates on Eagle Mill Road at Butler Creek Road in Ashland, the news release said. A drug-sniffing dog indicated that there were drugs in the vehicle and a subsequent search found nine packages of meth, officials said.

Rosales was lodged in Jackson County Jail, where he remained this afternoon on $1,015,000 bail.

— Mandy Valencia

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