GRANTS PASS, OR – An Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section (DES) investigation led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer, the recovery of multiple firearms, and the seizure 108 grams of fentanyl.
On Monday, November 6, 2023, OSP DES troopers located Jesse Rigel (35) who was wanted on an outstanding arrest for a parole violation stemming from original charges including assault, DUII, hit and run, and possession of methamphetamine.
Rigel had been evading police for more than a year. While searching an associated property in the 17000 block of Redwood Highway in Selma, detectives located and recovered two stolen vehicles.Detectives additionally located and seized seven firearms, one of which was previously reported stolen, body armor, approximately 108 grams of suspected fentanyl (liquid, powder, and pill form), and three grams of methamphetamine. Also found was evidence of controlled substance distribution. Rigel was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on an outstanding arrest warrant. OSP DES was assisted by the Grants Pass Police Department and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team.
This investigation is ongoing, and no additional details are available at this time.
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