Man Discards Pounds of Drugs During Police Pursuit

During the late-night hours on February 09, 2022, Detectives with the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) Team, with the assistance of the Grants Pass Police Department narcotics detection K9 Match and the Rogue River Police Department, arrested Derek James Williams, a 44-year-old male, for narcotic related offenses.

RADE had been investigating Williams for approximately 2.5 months from the time he was released from prison.

During this incident, officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop of Williams, but he attempted to elude police officers in his vehicle.

Williams was eventually apprehended in the 900 Block of Broadway Street in Rogue River after driving his vehicle off a steep embankment. During the short pursuit, Williams attempted to discard large quantities of narcotics out the window of his vehicle.

At the end of the pursuit, K9 Match was utilized to locate the narcotics. Seized during the arrest was over 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 1/4 pound of heroin, 1 oz of suspected fentanyl, cash, and a firearm.

Williams was taken into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on a Parole Violation Detainer and several other narcotic-related charges.

His current charges in Jackson County are under further investigation after being turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO.)

Courtesy of GPPD

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