Friday, April 26 2013, 05:38 PM CDT
Drug team finds meth in suspect's cars
MEDFORD, Ore. -- A Medford man has been lodged at the Jackson County jail after drug investigators found methamphetamine in the vehicles he was driving.
The latest discovery was found on April 18 after investigators from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team saw Juan Manuel Salazar, 24, operating a car in the Truax Road area north of Central Point.
At the time, investigators knew Salazar was wanted on local warrants, according to a press release from the drug team.
Officers later saw Salazar's car parked next to a business at Central and Edwards in Medford. Police say the man was standing next to the car.
Police took him into custody without incident. He was arrested on the suspicion of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a restricted weapon and failure to appear.
Drug investigators used a drug dog on the vehicle. Police say the K-9 "alerted" on the car and it was seized.
Investigators then got a search warrant and searched the vehicle, according to a press release.
During the search, officers found five ounces of methamphetamine, scales, packaging, a taser flashlight, and $1,989.
The April 18 search was not the first time Medford Area Drug Enforcement officers found methamphetamine in a car driven by Salazar.
Police say they stopped Salazar on Feb. 27 because his passenger threw an energy drink can out of the window.
During the stop, Salazar couldn't produce a driver's license.
He was asked to stepped out of the car to be patted down. When the officer conducted the pat down, he discovered the man's wallet. The officer pointed it out to Salazar, who handed the wallet to the officer.
The officer discovered $2,348 in cash in the wallet.
A K-9 unit was dispatched to the traffic stop. The dog "alerted on the vehicle." Police seized the vehicle and applied for a search warrant.
Once officers had the search warrant, they searched the vehicle.
They found 4.8 ounces of methamphetamine in a bag in the truck as well as an iPad, iPod and MacBook.