A Medford man is in jail after police found equipment and materials they suspect were used to manufacture counterfeit currency that was passed locally.
Ramonito Luis Borrome Salvador, 34, of the 1100 block of West Eleventh Street, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon on $50,000 bail, on 10 counts of first-degree forgery.
Police said Salvador was also known as "DJ Hype." On Wednesday afternoon, he was listed in the deejay lineup on the HOT 98.9 website, but it's not known if he was still employed there at the time of the arrest. Station officials declined to comment. An Internet search indicates he also did shows at local clubs.
Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement — MADGE — served a search warrant at the West 11th Street home Aug. 29. Investigators said they were looking for evidence tied to the possession, manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Inside the residence, police found evidence that Salvador had been making counterfeit $10, $20 and $100 bills. They said they found bills in various stages of completion — on uncut sheets and finished bills — and computers, printers, paper cutters, ink and sprays.
"There was a small stack of bills in various forms of the process, from an uncolored sheet to a colored sheet," said Lt. Brett Johnson of MADGE. "I've seen better, I've seen a lot worse."
Police continued the investigation but were initially unable to find Salvador.
At 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, police spotted him walking near the corner of 11th and Lincoln streets near his home, attempting to disguise his identity with a blonde wig covered by a beanie style hat. He was arrested and lodged in jail.
Investigators have matched the serial number of at least one counterfeit bill passed at a local business with those allegedly made by Salvador.
"We've got multiple serial numbers out there that have been counterfeit over the last few months," Johnson said.
The case remains under investigation by Medford police's financial investigation section and the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force.
Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.