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Talent man jailed after police follow heroin tip

A Talent man was arrested Thursday on drug charges when an investigation revealed someone in Connecticut had tried to mail heroin to him.

The Jackson County Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested Alexander Leonard Casler, 23, of the 8600 block of Wagner Creek Road, Talent, after they served a search warrant at the house, officials said. JACNET investigators got the warrant after they determined that a person on the East Coast had attempted to mail drugs to Casler at that address.

The search found Casler had 6.5 grams of heroin and $3,174, which were seized. Casler was arrested on charges of delivery and possession of heroin. He was lodged in jail, where he remained Friday on $75,000 bail.

The search also uncovered a small, indoor marijuana-growing operation at the Wagner Creek Road house.

Investigators cited Leland Douglas Chan, 23, of the same address, on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of marijuana and released him.

JACNET, Talent police, the U.S. Postal Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency all participated in the search and investigation.

Casler's arrest was JACNET's third heroin case in the past two weeks.

On Feb. 26 investigators seized an ounce of cocaine and a half-ounce of heroin at a home on the 400 block of South Columbus Avenue, and arrested Rafael Guzman-Rodriquez, 25 on possession, delivery and manufacture of heroin, possession and delivery of cocaine, and suspicion of being in the country illegally.

On March 3 investigators arrested two Portland men, Hector Aurlio Banderas-Carillo, 21, and Jose Martin Garcia-Valdez, 30, in the Rogue Valley Mall parking lot on charges of possession and delivery of heroin and cocaine and suspicion of being in the country illegally. Authorities found six ounces of heroin and one ounce of cocaine, all packaged for sale, and said they suspected the men were delivering the narcotics from Portland to the Rogue Valley for local distribution.

"We are starting to see a little bit of a return of heroin," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said.

He said the three cases weren't related, but illustrated the prevalence of drugs of all types.

Reporter Anita Burke: 776-4485, or aburke@mailtribune.com