Packages of marijuana sent through the U.S. Postal Service from Southern Oregon to out-of-state addresses sparked the arrest of two Central Oregon men and one Medford man, along with more than 50 pounds of pot seized at a Medford garage.
Logan Scott Warr, 28, of Medford, is accused of brokering marijuana for Johanan David Gates of Redmond and Jacobi Joaquin Gates of Bend, who allegedly sent some of it to addresses in Hawaii and Florida, according to documents filed this week in Jackson County Circuit Court in the three men’s cases.
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force arrested the two Gateses Tuesday, after they allegedly shipped more than 15 pounds of marijuana Tuesday from the Medford post office at 325 S. Riverside Ave., according to court documents filed by the task force.
Inside the vehicle the Gateses were driving, police reported finding a heat sealer, heavy gloves used to conceal fingerprints, cleaning supplies and another shipping receipt sent from a Hallmark store on Biddle Road used as a post office annex.
The Gateses’ Hallmark receipt showed shipments totaling 30 pounds and delivery addresses in Lahaina, Hawaii and Saint Petersburg, Florida.
“In total, Johanan Gates and Jacobi Gates shipped five packages out of the state that all received positive K-9 alerts for drug odor,” court documents filed by police say.
Johanan and Jacobi Gates were arrested Tuesday, and Warr was arrested Wednesday.
The link to Warr turned up when the investigation into the Gateses turned up a package of cardboard boxes with Warr’s address listed on it.
On Wednesday, MADGE executed a search warrant at Warr’s address in the 2800 block of Georgia Street in Medford. Investigators say they found an illegal backyard grow and more than 50 pounds of marijuana being dried and processed in a garage, along with a set of digital scales and handwritten drug records.
Warr allegedly told police that Jacobi Gates had Pelican air-tight and water-tight cases and cardboard shipping boxes sent to Warr’s home, and Gates had picked them up Monday. But Warr denied trying to broker marijuana.
MADGE detectives, however, say that a search of Warr’s phone indicates Warr was “actively looking for marijuana” for Jacobi Gates, according to court documents. Warr allegedly made multiple text messages that “appeared to be in coded drug talk.”
Jacobi and Johanan Gates each made their initial court appearance Wednesday, where Jackson County Circuit Court Judge David Hoppe set bail at $100,000, and ordered strict conditions if they were released early, such as requirements they reside in Jackson County and check in a minimum of once a week. Jacobi Gates reportedly posted bond Thursday; as of Friday afternoon Johanan Gates remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail.
Warr was arraigned Thursday on felony charges of unlawful delivery and possession of a marijuana item, and unlawful import or export of a marijuana item. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack set his bail at $100,000. As of Friday afternoon, Warr remained held in jail.