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Medford man with gang ties arrested in Keizer

A Medford man with gang connections and a penchant for trouble is in jail in Marion County after an attempt to sell his medical marijuana in Keizer last week erupted in gunfire that left a man dead.

Dustin Michael Freeman, 22, of the 1400 block of Spring Street, Medford, is jailed on a charge of delivery of marijuana while the Marion County Homicide Assault Response Team and Keizer police investigate the shooting death of a 21-year-old Grand Ronde man.

Miguel Angel Aispuro, 18, who lives in the Salem area but has no address listed in court records, also is jailed on a charge of delivery of marijuana for allegedly helping Freeman arrange the deal that went bad on Dec. 1, court records said.

Officers were called to a Keizer neighborhood by a report of shots fired at about 10 p.m. Dec. 1, Keizer police said. They found Travis Calvin Clawson, 21, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound. Clawson was rushed to Salem Hospital, and died there about six hours later, police said in a news release at the time.

Keizer police arrested Freeman and Aispuro on Dec. 2 after determining that the two had been involved in a drug deal with Clawson at the time of the shooting.

Freeman, a medical marijuana user and self-professed member of the Sureños gang, planned to sell a quarter of a pound of marijuana for $500 and contacted Aispuro to help him, court records obtained by the Statesman Journal said. Freeman traveled north with the drug and Aispuro arranged a meeting with a potential buyer, the Salem paper reported.

At a bail hearing last week for Aispuro, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Underwood said Clawson died during a drug deal gone bad.

However neither Freeman nor Aispuro have been charged with additional crimes, court records show. Bail for the drug charges is set at $500,000 for each and they are set to be arraigned next week in Marion County Circuit Court.

Freeman's Marion County jail mug shot shows one line shaved into one eyebrow and three lines shaved into the other, which authorities described as a representation of the 13 that Sureños use as a symbol. The gang is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia, a prison gang rooted in California, and M, representing that group, is the 13th letter of the alphabet.

Freeman came to police attention in Medford in September during the investigation of a fatal stabbing Sept. 15 at a Beatty Street apartment. Investigators determined that Freeman was at the melee that left 24-year-old Marco Diaz, of Central Point, dead. He pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 20 days in jail in October.

Seeking evidence in Diaz's death, police served a search warrant at Freeman's Spring Street home, where other gang members were believed to be staying, and discovered a medical marijuana operation, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. A second search warrant was served later to check the compliance of that growing operation.

Freeman also was cited for disorderly conduct for allegedly claiming to be a gang member and threatening people in his neighborhood watching the Deer Ridge fire burning on the outskirts of Medford. Those charges were dismissed when he pleaded guilty to being at the fatal fight, court records indicate.

Doney noted that Freeman also was at a 7-Eleven store at 1220 Crater Lake Ave. early Nov. 1 when a fight broke out between two groups in the parking lot and shots were fired. Marlon Burrell Slaffey, 31, of the 1100 block of Leland Street, has been charged with first-degree assault, being a felon in possession of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon, recklessly endangering another, second-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal mischief and a probation violation.

Doney said Freeman "has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.

Medford man with gang ties arrested in Keizer