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Drug Sweep Yields 9 Arrests

A Wolf Creek man who nearly got shot after he allegedly pointed a gun at a deputy on Wednesday was the tip of the iceberg for drug-related arrests that day in Josephine County.

Eight others were arrested during a major drug sweep of Josephine County, including two men arrested with 200 pounds of marijuana in their car on Interstate 5 north of Merlin.

In that arrest, Pandy J. Huot, 29, of Minnesota, and Meng Lor, 28, of California, were pulled over for speeding on I-5 north of the Manzanita rest area, and the processed marijuana headed to Minnesota was seized.

Both landed in jail on drug charges. Seven other people were either cited to appear or jailed on drug charges.

During the operation, 27 vehicles were stopped, 32 warnings were issued and over 20 people were contacted.

More than 20 officers were out in force, from more than a dozen agencies, including the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team (RADE).

Moran said the sweep was larger than the RADE team is usually involved with.

Stolen property, drugs, a firearm and a hand-held electronic stun device and other evidence were also seized.

"One thing we want to make sure the public knows is that even though there is a general overall shortage of law enforcement in Josephine County, our drug team is county-wide," said Moran, chair of the RADE board.

He added that Public Safety, Josephine County Community Corrections, OSP, and the DA's office is represented on the team.


The sweep included U.S. marshals, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Josephine County and Douglas County sheriff's offices, and from the Klamath Basin and the South Coast.

 

"Everyone pitches in a little bit extra," he said. "Local drug teams often rely on each other for manpower and to pull off these bigger operations. Sometimes we'll send our RADE guys over to the coast or Klamath as well. It's reciprocal."

Among those arrested was Judd Sansaver, 43, of Wolf Creek, who police said pointed a gun at a deputy, resulting in the deputy firing his weapon.

Sansaver was seen by a Josephine County deputy and a Douglas County deputy involved in the drug sweep by multiple agencies.

Sansaver was driving a suspected stolen truck, and officers pursued.

When Sansaver's truck was disabled, he allegedly got out of it and pointed the gun at one of them. He was taken into custody on a BLM road a few miles east of Sunny Valley.

On Friday, OSP confirmed that a Douglas County deputy fired his weapon.

Sansaver is in the Josephine County Jail, and faces multiple charges, including unlawful use of a weapon, and heroin possession.

Sgt. Todd Moran of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said he didn't know if the team was out looking for Sansaver or if that was incidental to the sweep.