The Medford Area Drug Gang Enforcement Team or MADGE is an interagency drug and gang task force compromised of personnel from the Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson County Community Justice and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Jackson County is one of nine counties in Oregon designated by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). As a result, MADGE is a HIDTA funded task force. MADGE received $100,000 in funding from HIDTA in 2012. The preliminary approval for 2013 has increased to $125,000.
MADGE was formed in December 2009 as a result of a merger between Medford Gang Street Drug unit (GSD) and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Team (SOTNT).
The team focuses on disrupting and dismantling middle to upper level drug trafficking organizations in the county and surrounding region. In addition, the team works with the various law enforcement agencies within the county to address controlled substance activity within neighborhoods through strict enforcement and nuisance abatement laws.
MADGE aggressively enforces all state and federal laws related to controlled substance offenses including those involving methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, hallucinogens, and a recent phenomenon of synthetic drugs such as spice and bath salts.
During the outdoor marijuana grow season, some MADGE personnel are assigned to the Southern Oregon Multi-Agency Marijuana Eradication and Reclamation (SOMMER) team. This team works to eradicate outdoor marijuana grows operating on our public and private forest lands. The SOMMER team, headed by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, works cooperatively with Sheriff's offices in Lake, Klamath, Josephine, Curry, Coos and Douglas Counties in order to better utilize existing resources.
The MADGE team takes an active role in prevention, intervention, and suppression of gang activity within the county by partnering with other law enforcement agencies, social service agencies, schools, parent groups, non-governmental organizations and the faith community.
In 2012, MADGE increased seizures of methamphetamine, by 295.4% (101 pounds 5 ounces), heroin by 731.8% (54 pounds 1 ounce), and cash involved in drug trafficking by 185.3% ($839,670).
In 2012, MADGE and SOMMER increased seizures of both dried marijuana (726 pounds 12 ounces/7.8% increase) and outdoor plants (5,766/186.9%).
MADGE conducts several presentations throughout the year to various organizations on drug and gang impacts on Southern Oregon.
To speak with an investigator or leave an anonymous tip you can:
Call: 541-618-1TIP (1847)
Text: CRIMES (274637) Keyword MADGE
Web: Submit at www.tipsubmit.com selection the Medford Oregon Police Department
Smart Devices: Download an application for your Apple or Android smart phone or tablets through the "Tip Submit" application which is free. This will allow you to send an anonymous tip through a third party.