Thursday, January 3 2013, 06:27 PM CST
Police seize drugs, guns
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Police have already made three arrest in an ongoing drug investigation.
On Wednesday, members of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team and detectives from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety began watching a Grants Pass residence. The surveillance was set up after police received a tip that an out-of-state shipment of methamphetamine was being distributed in the area.
During the surveillance operation, police saw 48-year-old Chris Sage of Grants Pass leave an apartment carrying a canvas tarp, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police. Police allege the man was concealing firearms.
Police officers stopped the man, who allegedly resisted arrest before he was taken into custody. Police arrested him on two fail to appear felony warrants.
Officers then searched the car Sage was driving. At that time, police say they seized a stolen AR-15 rifle, a shotgun, more than a pound of marijuana and about 4 ounces of methamphetamine.
As the investigation continued, police stopped another vehicle on Seventh Street near Manzanita Avenue. Police arrested two of the three occupants. John Gabriel Martinez, 28, of Sacramento, Calif., and Taro Manuita, 36, of Sacramento, Calif. were arrested on the suspicion of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance -- methamphetamine.
The third person was released.
Later, police searched another apartment and seized more than a pound of methamphetamine, a safe containing another pound of methamphetamine and four firearms.
Police say the investigation is still ongoing and they anticipate making more arrests.