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Fingerprints tie family to meth backpack

A backpack containing dealer quantities of methamphetamine hidden at a neighbor’s home has led to the arrests of a Medford man and his mother.

Jesus Marcos Mota-Solis, 20, and his mother, Maria Alma Solis-Padilla, 47, each face felony charges of delivering and possessing meth following a monthlong investigation that began with a backpack left in the south Medford mobile home park where they live.

At about 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Medford police and the multi-agency Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force were called to investigate a backpack found underneath a manufactured home at 135 N. Phoenix Road that contained more than nine pounds of crystal methamphetamine, according to court documents filed by MADGE in the case.

Four days later, Solis-Padilla and her husband, Jose Marcos Mota-Solis, allegedly trespassed on the neighbor’s property searching for the backpack. On Jan. 19, Solis-Padilla allegedly contacted the home owner and asked about the backpack, police say.

“Maria asked the home owner if the police had found the backpack and if they had taken it,” the document filed by MADGE says.

Fingerprints on drug packaging inside the backpack allegedly matched those of Jose and Jesus Mota-Solis, according to police, leading to the arrests of Jesus Mota-Solis and Solis-Padilla.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Solis-Padilla and Jesus Mota-Solis each remained held in the Jackson County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show that Jose Mota-Solis has also been charged in the crime, but has not yet been arraigned.

Jesus Marcos Mota-Solis, left, and Maria Alma Solis-Padilla, each face meth possession and delivery charges.{ } Jackson County jail mugshots.