Man carried 400 Ecstasy tablets, police say

A man arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop this week now also faces drug charges after officers discovered 400 Ecstasy tablets in his possession, police said.

Police arrested Joshua Alexander Acosta, 22, of Oakland, Calif., Tuesday on the warrant for first-degree aggravated theft following a 7 a.m. traffic stop near Phoenix, according to a news release from Medford Police Department.

After he was transported to the Jackson County jail, officers discovered Acosta had 400 Ecstasy tablets hidden on him, they said.

He was charged with possession, manufacturing and delivery of Ecstasy, supplying contraband and providing false information to an officer.

The warrant was issued in a 2008 case in which investigators suspect Acosta got a Staples store credit card using information from a boat-part manufacturing company in Rathdrum, Idaho, and charged $12,000 at the Medford store. He also racked up additional charges on the fraudulently obtained card in California.

Investigators believe the seized drugs, which would have had a street value approaching $6,000, were to be distributed in the Medford area.

Bail was set at $40,000. Acosta posted 10 percent and was released from jail, officials said.

— Staff reports

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