Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Nets Drugs, Guns, and Explosives in Merlin

Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Nets Drugs, Guns, and Explosives in Merlin

News Release from Grants Pass Police Department
February 6th, 2024

Merlin, Ore. – On Monday, February 5th, around 4:00 pm, members of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Medford, Grants Pass Police Department, Oregon State Police Explosive Unit, and Homeland Security assisted with a drug-related search warrant in the 300 block of Colonial Drive in Merlin, Oregon.

The search warrant revealed multiple ounces of methamphetamine, eight firearms (3 were found to be stolen), US currency, and illegal explosives (blasting caps and other high explosives).

Suspect Michael Dills was transported and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.  Additional drug and gun-related charges will be referred to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

The RADE team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that identifies, disrupts, and dismantles local, multi-state, and international drug trafficking organizations using an intelligence-driven, multi-agency, prosecutor-supported approach. RADE is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), composed of members from the Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Police Department, Josephine County Community Corrections, and the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives, including RADE.

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