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Investigators charge six after seizing drugs and guns

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested a suspected gang member and four other men Friday on drug and weapons charges.

MADGE officers served a search warrant at 402 S. Columbus Ave. early this morning and also visit another home in the 300 block. They found a small amount of methamphetamine, records of drug transactions and three firearms, officials said.

One of the guns had been reported stolen in a Medford burglary and had an obliterated serial number, officials said.

Joshua Raymond Morales, 19, was arrested on a probation violation and is jailed without bail. MADGE believes Morales is a member of the Sureno gang.

Alberto Esquivel-Esquivel, 36, was arrested on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $60,000 bail.

Tony Santiago Martinez, 33, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and obliterating or changing the serial number on a firearm. He was lodged on $15,000 bail.

Jaime Alvarado-Reyes, 30, was arrested on charges of interfering with police and resisting arrest. He was lodged on $8,000 bail.

Ruben Nava-Castenada, 22, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. He was lodged on $10,000 bail.

A juvenile at the residence was cited and released for possession of methamphetamine.

The MADGE team is a multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task force supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program and includes Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Oregon State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson County District Attorney's Office and Jackson County Community Justice.

— Chris Conrad