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Medford meth dealer sentenced to 10 years

A Medford man will serve 10 years in federal prison after meth and heroin were seized last fall from a house in Central Point.

Osbaldo Silva, 36, was sentenced Wednesday for possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

On Nov. 1, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force seized more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine and close to 2 pounds of heroin from a house in the 6400 block of Honeytree Lane in Central Point, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Medford and an earlier news report.

The drugs were found in a Diaper Genie, and police said they found Silva’s fingerprint on the Diaper Genie, according to a document filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Silva fled the scene in a black BMW at the time, but the multi-agency narcotics task force arrested the home’s resident, Corey James Bearnson, 47, at the scene. Bearnson is scheduled to stand trial in Jackson County Circuit Court next month on charges of manufacturing, delivering and possessing methamphetamine and delivering and possessing heroin.

Silva was arrested later that day at his home in the 800 block of Dakota Avenue, but without his cellphone, according to court documents.

Within a week of the raid, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said it recovered Silva’s phone after someone reportedly found the device discarded along a roadway near the Jackson County Community Justice Transition Center in Phoenix and turned it into police, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marco Boccato wrote in a sentencing brief dated Aug. 5.

A search of Silva’s phone yielded “messages and pictures consistent with drug trafficking,” wrote Boccato, who sought a 120-month prison sentence because Silva’s “drug trafficking showed a degree of sophistication.”

U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken sided with Boccato Wednesday, ordering Silva be incarcerated at Federal Correction Institution Sheridan for 10 years followed by 5 years of supervised release. Aiken further recommended that Silva be afforded drug treatment at the facility, vocational and educational training while incarcerated, and that he be given “the maximum time possible in a residential reentry center” so he can “establish community treatment resources” and find work and housing once he completes his prison sentence.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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