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Man suspected of money laundering in Ashland mail-order drug scheme

Medford police arrested a 38-year-old man Tuesday on drug trafficking and money laundering charges stemming from a 2013 cash seizure at a Medford FedEx facility.

Jeremy Andrew Wright, no address listed, is being held in the Jackson County Jail  on charges of delivery of marijuana and laundering a monetary instrument. Bail is set at $15,000.

According to a probable cause statement written by Medford police Detective Mark Cromwell, the events leading to to Wright's arrest began Sept. 4, 2013, when a Medford police dog detected drug odor on a package at the Terminal Spur Road FedEx facility during a routine inspection. After obtaining a search warrant for the package, police found $12,020 in cash sealed inside a second box, Cromwell wrote. The package was addressed to Wright at an address in the 1000 block of East Main Street in Ashland. 

According to the affidavit, two people contacted at the home said they'd regularly accepted packages for Wright at that address, telling police that one package they'd received contained $800-$1,000 in cash. According to the affidavit, one of the witnesses, who admitted to being Wright's ex-girlfriend, told police that Wright was a marijuana dealer and that she had mailed several packages she believed to contain marijuana to Texas and either Virginia or Pennsylvania for him.

The package sent to Texas had been shipped in spring 2013, and police believe the seized cash to be payment for that shipment of marijuana, Cromwell wrote. 

— Thomas Moriarty

Jeremy Wright