Federal Indictment Charges Four Defendants with Drug Trafficking and Gun Offenses
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 07, 2010|
MEDFORD, OR—A federal grand jury sitting in Medford, Oregon returned a 17-count indictment against Victor Valencia, 26, Alex Valencia, 25, Tina Ann Marie Brown, 25, and Rocky Allen Bass, 46, charging conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Bass is also charged with attempting to purchase two AK-47 firearms for his methamphetamine supplier Victor Valencia, and possession of eight firearms in furtherance of the drug crimes.
Rocky Bass is scheduled to appear for his initial appearance today at 3:00 p.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Medford, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark D. Clarke. Tina Brown, Alex Valencia, and Victor Valencia are scheduled to appear tomorrow, December 8, for initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clarke at 3:00 p.m.
The drug charges come after a cooperative multi-agency investigation of the methamphetamine trafficking of the Valencia family in Southern Oregon. The indictment alleges that the four defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. It also alleges that Alex Valencia possessed with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Victor Valencia and Tina Brown possessed cocaine with intent to distribute, and Victor Valencia distributed methamphetamine on multiple occasions. Bass is charged with attempting to purchase two AK-47 rifles for Victor Valencia and possessing eight firearms involved in the distribution and sale of methamphetamine. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of cash drug proceeds from the sale of methamphetamine as well as a Cadillac Escalade, a diamond bracelet and eight firearms.
The maximum penalty, if convicted of the drug conspiracy charge, is a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a $4 million fine.
The following agencies participated in this investigation: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team, Medford Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County Community Justice, Oregon State Police, RADE Team, Ashland Police Department, Grants Pass Police Department, Josephine County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, and the Oregon Department of Justice/HIDTA.
An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Judith Harper and Pamala Holsinger.