Drug investigators arrest one, seize 6 pounds of meth and $30,000
A 28-year-old man who moved to the Rogue Valley almost two months ago allegedly to sell methamphetamine locally faces drug charges after a police raid at his White City house netted nearly $120,000 worth of methamphetamine, authorities said.
Victor Galvan-Solorio was taken down after a nearly two month investigation during a Friday raid at his house on the 8000 block of Division Road, where 6 pounds of methamphetamine was seized, police said.
"This individual set up shop in town to deal these drugs in the Rogue Valley," said Lt. Kevin Walruff, who oversees the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team investigating the case.
"Normally, when we see this amount of methamphetamine, it's passing through," Walruff said. "This is a significant amount for in this valley."
Galvan-Solorio was arraigned this afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of possession, manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Ravassipour set his bail at $1 million and ordered Galvan-Solorio back in court for a preliminary hearing April 28.
Galvan-Solorio remained held today to the Jackson County Jail, where he has been since Friday's arrest.
Galvan-Solorio showed up on MADGE's radar screen about 1 1/2 months ago, Walruff said. Their subsequent investigation led to the serving of Friday's search warrant, he said.
Also seized were $30,000 cash and police found scales and packaging at the residence, according to MADGE.
Methamphetamine is selling on the street in the Rogue Valley for $18,000 to $20,000 per pound, Walruff said.
Also at the scene were two cars that contained traps for hiding drugs during transport, Walruff said. The traps, which he declined to describe, were rendered inoperable but the vehicles were not seized, he said.
Galvan-Solorio was from the Southern California area and the methamphetamine traveled into Oregon from California, but its exact origin was not yet known, Walruff said.
MADGE detectives are still running down leads developed from the search, Walruff said.
Federal customs and Homeland Security Investigations joined MADGE detectives in Friday's raid.
— Mark Freeman