Police arrest suspected heroin dealer, seize drugs, guns, cash and body armor

An alleged heroin dealer and member of the white supremacist Nazi Low Rider prison gang barricaded himself in a closet, fought with SWAT officers and was eventually subdued with a stun gun during a search at his home Wednesday that turned up illegal drugs, stolen guns, cash and body armor, police reported.

Thomas Walter Anderson, 46, of the 4800 block of North River Road, Rogue River, is held in the Jackson County Jail on 17 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of being a felon in possession of body armor, four counts of theft, and charges of resisting arrest and the delivery, manufacture and possession of heroin. His bail is set at $167,000, jail records show.

"This guy's been on the MADGE team radar for the last three years," said Medford deputy police chief Tim Doney. "He's got a significant criminal history."

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement — MADGE — team and Medford police SWAT served a search warrant at the home at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Doney said MADGE is a countywide task force operating out of Medford police. Anderson barricaded himself in the closet and police had to dismantle the door using tools.

Officers had to subdue him with a stun gun.

"He was shocked several times," Doney said. "He didn't give up without a fight."

Officials said Anderson was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center for an evaluation before being transported to the jail.

During the investigation, police found three ounces of heroin, along with 12 handguns and five rifles. Some of the firearms were found buried around the property, police said. Several were determined to have been stolen from Medford and Grants Pass.

"There's a boatload of guns," Doney said.

A Grants Pass transient named Benjamin Andrew Chmelir, 25, was also arrested and jailed on an out-of-county warrant stemming from a parole violation on a past third-degree assault charge, and on first-degree theft and burglary charges. His bail is set at $80,000, jail records show.

Anderson's wife, 20-year-old Marion Amanda Clark, and an elderly male relative also were present but were not arrested, police said.

Police previously arrested Anderson and Clark in January on methamphetamine and heroin charges. Anderson was also arrested for being a felon in possession of knives he had in the home then. Both are scheduled to go to trial in Jackson County Circuit Court for these charges in January 2014, court records show.

— Ryan Pfeil


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