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Police seize drugs, stolen vehicles, guns

Police arrested two men Monday and are investigating several others after they found multiple stolen vehicles, drugs and guns on a rural property in Josephine County.

A news release said a neighborhood watch group led police to the property at 129 Patrick Drive.

Arrested were Jessie Kyle Cooper, 31, who faces felony vehicle-theft charges and misdemeanor reckless endangering charges accusing him of stealing a piece of excavation equipment and a trailer prior, according to court documents filed by Josephine County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies also arrested David Bodie, 37, on an out-of-county felony warrant at the scene.

The incident started at 8:35 a.m. Monday, after a theft victim allegedly confronted Cooper in the 100 block of Patrick Drive, according to court documents.

While Cooper attempted to flee his driveway in a vehicle, he allegedly came “within 6 inches” of running over the victim in the driveway.

Josephine County sheriff’s deputies found several stolen vehicles at the property, including a 2018 John Deere Excavator worth $39,000, a car trailer and a 34-foot travel trailer built in 2017, according to a news release.

Inside the travel trailer, police reportedly seized 220 pounds of marijuana, a “large quantity of illegal prescription pills,” nearly 22 grams of methamphetamine, 39 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine, liquid codeine, morphine, one stolen firearm, five guns, a stolen license plate and more than $4,200 in cash.

Oregon court records show no charges had been filed against Bodie, and as of Thursday afternoon Bodie was no longer an inmate at the Josephine County Jail.

Police said three other people were suspects in the case but they were not named.

Cooper remained held Thursday in the Josephine County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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

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