Child neglect investigation nets two drug-related arrests

Two Medford residents are suspected of possessing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in a hotel room where a 5-year-old had easy access to the drugs and uncapped needles.

Ashley Auger, 25 and Abdum Hackim, 29, are charged with unlawful delivery, manufacture and possession of heroin and methamphetamine. Auger also faces additional charges of first-degree forgery, first-degree child neglect and endangering the welfare of a minor, her child. Hackim faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Medford police and the Department of Human Services first responded Dec. 4 to check the welfare of a child at a hotel in the 700 block of North Riverside Avenue. Auger was in the hotel room, which contained drugs, uncapped needles, scales and counterfeit cash. Police obtained a search warrant and seized seven grams of heroin, 10 grams of meth, 399 grams of marijuana, a 9 mm handgun and $2,278 in cash. Police believed the money to be profits from drug trafficking. Investigators said the drugs were accessible by Auger's 5-year-old child. She was arrested and booked in the Jackson County Jail, but released later. Court records show she has been indicted and is set for a Thursday arraignment.

Police connected the handgun to its owner, Hackim, and tracked him to a hotel in the 1000 block of Court Street on Saturday, Dec. 15. He had a second 9 mm, reported stolen in a Grants Pass burglary, police said. Hackim also was wanted for violating probation for a past drug possession conviction. After his arrest, police obtained another search warrant for a backpack and duffel bag found in the hotel room. They found additional methamphetamine and heroin in the bags.

Hackim was arraigned on his charges Wednesday. He is held in the Jackson County Jail on $110,000 bail, jail records show.

Phone calls to Medford police regarding the 5-year-old child have not yet been returned.

— Ryan Pfeil

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