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  • Police arrest heroin trafficking suspect

    He ran from officers, threw a drink before he was apprehended
  • A suspected heroin dealer allegedly ran from police last week while armed with a gun and threw a drink in an investigator's face before officers subdued him with a stun gun and arrested him, Medford police reported.
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  • A suspected heroin dealer allegedly ran from police last week while armed with a gun and threw a drink in an investigator's face before officers subdued him with a stun gun and arrested him, Medford police reported.
    Dennis William Lee, 44, of Sacramento, Calif., was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of delivery, manufacture and possession of heroin, being felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. He remained in jail on $250,000 bail Monday, jail records show.
    The Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement Team reported it had been investigating Lee for about a month before getting a warrant to search a camper he lived in next to a house in the 100 block of Washington Street in Medford.
    "We knew he was selling heroin in the Rogue Valley," said Lt. Brett Johnson of MADGE. "We made it one of our priorities."
    Police served a search warrant on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Police said when they approached Lee, he ran and when officers caught up with him, he tossed a beverage in a plastic cup he held in an officer's face. Authorities believe the beverage was alcoholic, but weren't sure exactly what Lee had been drinking. After tossing the beverage, Lee allegedly resisted arrest and officers used a stun gun to subdued him.
    Johnson said Lee had a 9 mm handgun, loaded with a 15-round clip, in his pants pocket.
    "There wasn't one in the chamber, but that could have easily been remedied," Johnson said. "We think he was trying to ditch the gun, but he didn't have any place to go."
    During a search of Lee's trailer, police said, they recovered 2 grams of heroin, close to 3 ounces of marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine, packaging, scales and records indicating sales. Police said they also found more than $9,000 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug trafficking. Lee had been convicted of a felony in California, but he hadn't popped up on Rogue Valley law enforcement radar until recently, Johnson said,.
    "It seems like we're getting that here and there, where people think they can move up here and try to find fresh ground," Johnson said.
    A woman police say was romantically involved with Lee and living in the trailer with him, 23-year-old Nicole Leann Hilkey, of Medford, also was arrested on charges of delivery, manufacture and possession of heroin. She remained in jail Monday on $20,000 bail, jail records show.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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