Hillsboro police officer justified in fatal shooting of man during traffic stop, DA says

Court records indicate that Victor Torres-Elizondo, killed by a Hillsboro police officer after he fired a shot at police during a traffic stop, had a criminal history that involved multiple drug-related crimes but no violent offenses....

...Torres-Elizondo, 30, who also goes by Victor Torres, had multiple drug-related convictions in Oregon and Washington state during the past 10 years, according to court records....

Read more about Victor Torres-Elizondo.

Medford man charged with heroin, cocaine possession

A Medford man was arrested Tuesday on heroin- and cocaine-related charges by local drug enforcement officers, authorities said.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement police arrested Zeus Apolo Guzman-Aguilar, 36, of the 1200 block of Bens Lane, after conducting a raid at a residence in the 3300 block of Table Rock Road, said a MADGE news release.

According to court records, Guzman-Aguilar lives on Bens Lane in Medford, but he is being considered an illegal immigrant, according to Jackson County Jail records.

The raid netted 2 ounces of cocaine, 1 ounce of heroin and weight scales, the release said.

Before obtaining a search warrant for the property, police conducted a two-month investigation.

"Other occupants on the premises were found not to be involved in the criminal behavior," the release said.

Guzman-Aguilar is lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail on charges of possession, delivery and manufacture of heroin; possession, delivery and manufacture of cocaine; a parole violation for delivery of heroin; and being in the country illegally, jail records show.

According to online court records, Guzman-Aguilar was charged in 2011 with delivery, manufacture and possession of heroin, but was only convicted of possession of heroin in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Zeus Apolo Guzman-Aguilar - ICE hold

Massive marijuana grow in eastern Oregon forest nets guilty verdicts for defendant

A 34-year-old man was found guilty by a federal jury in Portland on Monday in connection with a massive marijuana growing operation that covered a mile-and-a-half stretch in eastern Oregon's Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

Fredy Figueroa-Montes was the only one of six defendants to choose to go to trial for what is believed to be the largest marijuana grow ever found in Oregon, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office....

....Authorities discovered more than 91,000 plants in the marijuana grow. The defendants had torn out trees and underbrush to develop several pods of plants.....and used more than 500 pounds of illegal pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer and rodent-killing chemicals for the operation. Damage to the area along the Wildcat Creek was estimated at $97,000....


Raid nabs nearly 6 pounds of meth

A Friday morning police raid on a southwest Medford home netted almost 6 pounds of methamphetamine in the single largest seizure from a drug house in MADGE's four-year history, authorities said.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team investigators also arrested a 35-year-old suspected illegal alien who police believe was selling methamphetamine locally for at least the past two months.

"This was the largest that MADGE has ever done," said Lt. Kevin Walruff, MADGE's commander. "And this wasn't drugs traveling through. They were destined to be sold here in the Rogue Valley."

Manuel Gastelum-Ferro was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of unlawful possession, manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. He remained Monday in the Jackson County Jail without bail while his immigration status was reviewed, jail records show.

His case was scheduled to be presented today to a Jackson County grand jury, Walruff said.

MADGE investigators two months ago developed information that Gastelum-Ferro was selling methamphetamine, Walruff said. Investigators believe Castelum-Ferro, who has ties to Southern California, moved to Medford recently and had been renting a house in the 1300 block of Andrew Drive, Walruff said.

MADGE officers got a search warrant and, along with immigration agents, raided the house Friday morning and hit the mother lode — 5.91 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in the residence and vehicles.

"We knew he had a fair amount, but we initially didn't think it would be that large," Walruff said.

Since its inception in 2010, MADGE agents in the past have intercepted as much as 65 pounds of methamphetamine heading up Interstate 5, but no single seizure as large as Friday's from someone based here, Walruff said.

Investigators believe the methamphetamine originated in Southern California, but "we're still trying to determine who the source of that supply was," he said.

Also seized from the residence were scales and packaging material, police said.

No other local arrests were expected, Walruff said.

Manuel Gastelum-Ferro - ICE HOLD

Polk County weapons arrest leads to Gresham drug cache, police say

A 30-year-old Gresham man arrested on a Polk County highway Wednesday for unlawful possession of a weapon, was later connected to the seizure of methamphetamine and heroin from Gresham apartment.

Sgt. Chris Ray, a spokesman for the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team, said Edgar Hugo Guerrero Robles was booked into the Polk County Jail after he was stopped on Oregon 22 near Ridgeway Road at about 6 p.m. for unlawful possession of a weapon.

Read more about the alleged meth and heroin dealer.

Cynthia Kendoll, OFIR President, to speak at Polk County Republican Women's meeting

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The Polk County Republican Women will meet Wednesday, November 13 at 11:30am at the Oak Knoll Golf Course on Hwy. 22 - west of Salem.                    

Cynthia is the Authorized Agent of Protect Oregon Driver Licenses and will talk about the secret, behind closed doors history of SB 833 - the new law giving state issued ID in the form of driver privilege cards to illegal aliens in our state. She will explain democracy in action with the successful referendum petition drive to force a vote of the people on the new law next November. There will be plenty of time for your questions. Cynthia will also bring us up to speed on the looming amnesty push in Congress and what you can do to help stop it.

U.S. Immigration Officers Give Frightening Warning

Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, which represents immigration enforcement officers, recently called on Congress to resist immigration reforms that harm his officers’ ability to do their jobs:

ICE officers are being ordered by [Administration] political appointees to ignore the law. Violent criminal aliens are released every day from jails back into American communities. ICE Officers face disciplinary action for engaging in routine law enforcement actions. We are barred from enforcing large sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act, even when public safety is at risk. Officer morale is devastated.

If this were the U.S. Capitol Police, the Secret Service, or the military, Congress would be outraged, the President would react firmly and swiftly, and pundits and groups from across the country would be demanding this problem be fixed. Sadly, though, nothing is being done to fix this broken and dangerous state of affairs.

In fact, the situation is even scarier. As the ICE letter points out, President Obama continues to order ICE officers to ignore ever-growing sections of immigration law and undertake actions that create a risk to public safety. The Senate has passed a gargantuan immigration bill that includes mass amnesty, tons of handouts to special interests, and enough waivers and exemptions to make Obamacare officials jealous.

Notably, the Senate bill does little to actually support the hard-working men and women of ICE and other immigration enforcement agencies. Even worse, amnesty would make the work of ICE even more difficult by encouraging more illegal immigration and adding new classes of provisional immigrants who have special rules that apply to them.

It is sad that it has come to this: “ICE officers are pleading with [Congress] to…stand with American citizens and the immigration officers who put their own personal safety at risk each day to provide for public safety.” U.S. law enforcement officers should not have to beg Congress just to enforce existing laws.

Congress should reject amnesty, which would only further harm our immigration officers’ effort, and instead use the budget process to give ICE and other immigration agencies the resources they need to do their jobs effectively. Then Congress should demand that President Obama uphold immigration law, not selectively enforce it.

Hillsboro police shooting: Court records indicate Victor Torres-Elizondo had warrant

Court records indicate that Victor Torres-Elizondo, killed by a Hillsboro police officer after he fired a shot at police during a traffic stop, had a criminal history that involved multiple drug-related crimes but no violent offenses.

Police say Torres-Elizondo, 30, fired a shot from a .22 caliber revolver during a traffic stop on Friday, Oct. 25, before a Hillsboro police officer fired six shots back, striking Torres-Elizondo. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where he died, authorities say. Torres-Elizondo died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the state medical examiner's office.

Read the entire article about the police shooting of an alleged criminal illegal alien drug dealer.   Read more about Mr. Torres-Elizondo.

Traffic stop nets 22 pounds of meth

About 22 pounds of methamphetamine was seized after a traffic stop on Saturday.

Sandra Guillen-Avila, 38, and Jeronimo Novoa-Leal, 24, were stopped by Oregon State Police on Highway 97 on Saturday. An additional search of their vehicle turned up 22 pounds of methamphetamine.

Both suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Klamath County Jail. Guillen-Avila was charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a forged instrument and two counts of criminal conspiracy. Novoa-Leal was booked on two counts of possession of methamphetamine, two counts of criminal conspiracy, and an ICE deportation.


Salem Man Says Illegal Alien Prison Data is Worth a Look

SALEM -- Every month for the past four years, David Cross has been sending emails to Oregon sheriffs, lawmakers and the media.

In his spare time, Cross collects information documenting the financial impact of foreign nationals in Oregon prisons and jails. He says all his data comes from reputable sources.

Cross says the latest figures show 8% of the state's prison population is made up of people who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes here.

He says the federal government does not fully reimburse the state for all costs. Cross says his research shows the annual cost to Oregon taxpayers is $36,000,000.

Not all the people who receive emails from Cross take time to read them. Still, he feels that even just one voice can make a difference.

NOTE:  Read David's jail reports and much more.



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