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Medford police: Overdose leads to arrest

MPD photo A photograph of evidence collected last week during a Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team operation that resulted in an arrest.

On Jan. 21, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team learned of a near fatal fentanyl overdose of a local woman, who was hospitalized for several days.

In a press release issued Wednesday, MADGE said its investigation allegedly led to Brian Dee Forbes, 52, of the 1900 block of Homeview Drive.

MADGE searched Forbes’ residence Jan. 28 and allegedly found 70 grams of fentanyl, a small amount of heroin, 30 pounds of marijuana and a firearm.

Forbes was arrested later on numerous charges, including possession, manufacturing and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance, manufacturing and delivery of heroin, unlawful possession and manufacture of a marijuana item, being a felon in possession of a firearm and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, the release stated.

On Wednesday, he was being held in the Jackson County Jail on $105,000 bail.

Police said fentanyl is now the illicit drug of choice in the Rogue Valley, essentially replacing heroin. Fentanyl has typically been seen in pill form, but is now predominately in powder form.

Fentanyl has been responsible for a significant increase in overdoses, many of which have been fatal, the release said. In 2020, Medford police used the opiate antidote naloxone 30 times. During 2021, the department used it 76 times.

So far this year, the antidote has been used eight times, police added.