Trio of suspected heroin dealers arrested in Medford
A trio of men have been arraigned on a full plate of drug charges days after Medford police arrested two and found drugs in the third man's cell.
Hector Pena, 30, Dorian Valdovinos-Diaz, 32 and Rudolph Ortiz, 33, face charges of delivery and possession of heroin, according to court records and the Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement team. Pena and Valdovinos-Diaz face an additional count of heroin manufacture. Pena also faces charges of possession and delivery of cocaine, while Valdovinos-Diaz faces three counts of child neglect. Ortiz faces an additional charge of supplying contraband.
"It was a little bit of luck and a little bit of good police work on all of it," said Lt. Mike Budreau of MADGE.
Detectives arrested Pena, of Redmond, just after 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, after they received information he was going to be in town with a significant amount of heroin. Investigators tracked him down and pulled over his 2004 Nissan Titan near the intersection of South Peach Street and Stewart Avenue. An Oregon State Police K9 named Jaxson came to the scene after detectives obtained a search warrant on Pena's truck.
The dog tracked down more than a pound of heroin — which Budreau says can fit snugly in a sandwich baggie — one-quarter pound of cocaine and more than $2,700 in cash.
"That was a very significant amount of drugs to be taken off the street in the city of Medford," Budreau said. "That will have a direct impact."
Pena's bail in the Jackson County Jail remained at $500,000 Tuesday, records show.
About eight hours later, police served a search warrant at a home in the 1200 block of West Tenth Street, where Valdovinos-Diaz lived. MADGE had been investigating possible drug dealing going on at the home for about a month. Police say they found multiple individually packaged bindles of black tar heroin totaling more than 75 grams. There were also three children in the home between the ages of 7 and 12. Budreau said the children remained in the home and the the Department of Human Services will follow up on the case.
Valdovinos-Diaz's bail also remained at $500,000 Tuesday, according to jail records.
Ortiz, who had been arrested Thursday, Aug. 25, and was already in jail, had new charges added after detectives found 80 grams of heroin in his jail cell. Police believe he smuggled the drugs into the jail in a body cavity.
Ortiz remains in the jail without bail.
Court records show all men have preliminary hearings scheduled for Sept. 2.
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