July Fentanyl Death of a Medford 15 Year-Old Leads to Arrests

On July 4, 2022, Medford Police, Medford Fire and Mercy Ambulance responded to the 4000 block of Vista Pointe Drive for a 15-year-old male who overdosed on fentanyl. Upon arrival, the victim was treated by paramedics on scene, but he did not survive.

The investigation into the incident revealed the victim was given a counterfeit oxycodone pill, which later tested positive for fentanyl. The pill was given to the victim by a juvenile family member.

A detective with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (M.A.D.G.E.) unit was assigned to continue the investigation. The immediate drug dealer responsible for selling the counterfeit Oxycodone pill was identified as 26-year-old Tyren Wohosky of Medford. A search warrant was served at Wohosky’s residence and a firearm and approximately 50 fentanyl pills were seized. Wohosky was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail.

The Detective continued to investigate the case and determined 18-year-old George Solomon sold Wohosky the Fentanyl pills that caused the death of the 15-year-old male.

On July 20, 2022, detectives contacted and arrested Solomon. At the time of his arrest, Solomon was with Eduardo Cortes-Cortes, another fentanyl dealer from the Medford area. Solomon and Cortez-Cortez were in possession of over 1,000 fentanyl pills.

Through the ongoing investigation detectives identified 28-year-old Luis Meza-Avila as the main source of supply for Wohosky, Solomon and Cortes-Cortes. Meza-Avila was arrested in the parking lot of the Subway sandwich shop off of Center Drive in Medford on August 2, 2022. At the time of the arrest, Meza-Avila was in possession of more than 10,000 fentanyl pills.

All of the drug dealers in this case were charged with Unlawful Possession, Unlawful Manufacture and Unlawful Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The involved suspects are being prosecuted through the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. In addition, the case has been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Medford.

Over the past two years, MPD Officers have responded to an increase of drug overdoses, specifically heroin and fentanyl.

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Source: MPD