Salem Police say they found pills containing fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, guns and approximately $164,000 in cash after arresting a Salem man in June.

A 30-year-old Salem man was indicted last week on federal charges including drug distribution and weapons charges stemming from a June arrest by a division of the Salem Police Department.

Phillip Thomas was indicted on federal charges on Nov. 2 and transferred to federal custody on Monday. He is being held for trial, which is scheduled for Dec. 20.

The federal grand jury indicted Thomas on charges including possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl and felon in possession of a firearm.

Salem Police say they found about 3,000 pills containing fentanyl, eight ounces of methamphetamine, three ounces of heroin, two guns and approximately $164,000 in cash after arresting Thomas on June 29, according to a press release.

Police say he was arrested in the parking lot of a motel on Ryan Drive following an investigation by the department’s Strategic Investigations Unit.

Salem Police say the investigation was part of a partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to focus on narcotics trafficking and violent crime in Salem.

Bill Poehler covers Marion County for the Statesman Journal. Contact him at

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