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Drug raid in Rogue River leads to two arrests

ROGUE RIVER — Police say a search of a Rogue River residence last week led to two arrests after drug investigators seized a variety of drugs in what they described as the culmination of a four-month-long investigation.

According to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team, investigators served a search warrant Dec. 23 at the home of 42-year-old Roy Graves in the 300 block of First Street in Rogue River. Investigators say a search of Graves' residence and vehicle turned up more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine, 15 pounds of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and LSD, along with scales and packaging.

MADGE commander Lt. Kevin Walruff said the investigation had focused on Graves' alleged methamphetamine trafficking, although local law enforcement have been seizing increasing amounts of psilocybin mushrooms in recent years. He said the LSD, however, wasn't a significant part of the investigation.

"Generally what we find are user amounts," Walruff said, explaining that large dealer quantities of LSD are rare in the Rogue Valley.

Police arrested Graves on charges of unlawful delivery, manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, delivery and manufacture of meth within 1000 feet of a school, unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of marijuana, and unlawful delivery and manufacture of marijuana within 1000 feet of a school.

Walruff said the second arrest happened as police were in the process of searching Graves' property, when 34-year-old Alan Christopher King showed up at the residence carrying a loaded handgun and almost 3 ounces of meth. "He gets taken down in the front yard," he said. "He actually ends up throwing the gun down on the lawn."

Walruff says King was very lucky officers didn't use deadly force. "(The officers) are fully marked, approaching with weapons out," he said. "It probably would have been better for him to just put his hands up and not reach into his waistband."

King was arrested on charges of possession of meth and delivery and manufacture of meth within 1000 feet of a school. Walruff said both suspects were booked in the Jackson County Jail but have since been released. Charges for both suspects have been referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.

"We'll probably have grand jury next week," he said.

Reach reporter Thomas Moriarty at 541-776-4471 or by email at tmoriarty@mailtribune.com. Follow him at @ThomasDMoriarty.

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