Leader of Rogue Valley drug trafficking family sentenced to 15 years

The head of a local crime family was sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling methamphetamine throughout the Rogue Valley.

Victor Valencia, of Ashland, managed a group that moved pounds of methamphetamine from California to Medford between 2002 through 2010, federal court records show.

Federal agents determined that Valencia also used family members and friends to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

The large-scale investigation involved wiretaps and undercover drug buys. In all, undercover agents bought close to 32 pounds of methamphetamine from Valencia, court documents say.

In October 2010, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team officers served a handful of search warrants at homes in Medford, Ashland and Central Point after developing information when they arrested Valencia at the Target parking lot on Crater Lake Highway.

Valencia allegedly was in possession of four ounces of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.

The warrants turned up methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, cash, scales, drug paraphernalia and seven firearms, including a short-barrel shotgun, police said.

Valencia's co-conspirators have also been sentenced to federal prison. Alex Valencia received nearly 12 in years prison, Tina Brown received 10 years prison and Rocky Allen Bass received 5 years in prison.

— Chris Conrad

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