Suspects in MADGE bust appear in court this week
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Task Force arrested six people last Friday on various charges at an apartment in the 2000 block of Brookhurst Street, according to the Medford Police Department.
MADGE detectives said they spent months watching one of the suspects, Angel Mora Jr., 45, of Jacksonville, whom they suspect had been transporting “large quantities” of methamphetamine and heroin to the valley from the Las Vegas area.
MADGE and Las Vegas Metro Police worked together on this case, police said.
Found along with heroin was what authorities said they believe is the opioid fentanyl.
Local law enforcement attempted to stop Mora recent months when he was able to elude capture in May and Aug. 12. Investigators said they determined that Mora was at a dwelling on Brookhurst Street and obtained a search warrant.
Mora once again tried to avoid capture. He ran and jumped fences to stay ahead of officers. Investigators caught up to him after he ran into an occupied home, “startling the homeowner.”
That resident was preparing to take defensive measures as law enforcement arrived, and Mora was taken into custody after officers apprehended him in the backyard of that residence, police said.
Mora was indicted this week on numerous felony counts, including unlawful manufacture of heroin, unlawful delivery of heroin, and the manufacture and delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Mora also pleaded not guilty to an array of other charges related to previous encounters with local law enforcement — from Class A misdemeanors to some serious felonies, according to court documents.
Also arrested at the location was Andrew Jordan Gilman, 30, of Medford, who was indicted in Jackson County Circuit Court on several felony counts: unlawful manufacture of heroin, unlawful delivery of heroin, manufacture and delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and three firearm possession counts.
Gilman also pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Four other suspects at the location had outstanding arrest warrants: Amber Norlander, 34; Travis Bradley-Martin, 36; Darryl Thompson, 25; Dakota Cardosa, 29.
Reach reporter Terri Harber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-776-4468.