MADGE officers arrest five on drug and weapons charges

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Southern Oregon's News source - The Mail Tribune
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
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Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested five men, including a suspected gang member, Friday on drug and weapons charges.

MADGE officers served a search warrant at 402 S. Columbus Ave. in Medford in the early morning hours and found a small amount of methamphetamine, records of drug transactions and three firearms, officials said.

One of the guns had been reported stolen in a Medford burglary and had an obliterated serial number, officials said.

Joshua Raymond Morales, 19, was arrested on a probation violation. MADGE believes Morales is a member of the Sureño gang.

Alberto Esquivel-Esquivel, 36, was arrested on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $60,000 bail [ILLEGAL ALIEN].

Tony Santiago Martinez, 33, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and obliterating or changing the serial number on a firearm. He was lodged on $15,000 bail.

Jaime Alvarado-Reyes, 30, was arrested on charges of interfering with police and resisting arrest. He was lodged on $8,000 bail [ILLEGAL ALIEN].

Ruben Nava-Castenada, 22, was charged with possession of methamphetamine. He was lodged on $10,000 bail [ILLEGAL ALIEN].

A juvenile at the residence was cited and released for possession of methamphetamine.

The MADGE team is a multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task force supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program and includes the following law enforcement agencies: Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson County District Attorney's Office and Jackson County Community Justice.