On March 18, Oregon authorities arrested a 52-year-old Gold Hill man for allegedly possessing and dealing methamphetamine. The defendant’s 40-year-old wife was taken into custody five days earlier.

According to local media reports, the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force began investigating the couple after officers seized less than 1 pound of meth from a home on the 12800 block of Highway 62 in Eagle Point in October 2017. Then, on March 13, officers raided the couple’s home on the 5000 block of Dodge Road in Gold Hill. While searching the premises, officers allegedly uncovered a small amount of methamphetamine, scales, packaging, records of drug transactions and cash. The defendant was not at home at the time of the raid, but his wife was arrested.

Days later, officers located the defendant at a cabin around Indian Memorial Road and Hyatt Prairie Road near Howard Prairie Lake. When officers searched the property, they allegedly found a half-pound of meth and took the man into custody. He was transported to Jackson County Jail and charged with manufacturing, delivering and possessing methamphetamine. His bail has been set at $1 million. His wife is facing various methamphetamine charges and a felony forgery charge for allegedly trying to pass counterfeit money in July 2016. Her bail has been set at $215,000.

Oregon residents charged with drug crimes might be able to help their situation by contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorney may review the case and work to develop a defense against the allegations, which might lead to the charges being dismissed. If that isn’t possible, legal counsel may recommend negotiating a plea deal that allows the defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges, which may lead to a significantly lighter sentence.