Couple busted on drug, gun and child neglect charges

Police say a 5-year-old child had access to heroin, meth and exposed needles

Police say two Medford residents had 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 on 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 police said contained drugs, uncapped needles, scales and counterfeit cash.

Police obtained a search warrant and seized 7 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 within reach for Auger's 5-year-old child.

"It's not that uncommon. We see plenty of kids in drug houses," said Lt. Brett Johnson of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team. "It's a sad state of affairs."

Auger 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. She does not appear to have any major past criminal history in Jackson County.

Investigators from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team connected the handgun to its owner, Hackim, and tracked him to a hotel in the 1000 block of Court Street on Saturday. He had a second 9 mm handgun, 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 reported finding additional methamphetamine and heroin in the bags.

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

The 5-year-old child has been placed under the care of a nonrelated foster family.

Locally, heroin use has seen a spike the past few years, Johnson said. Two Ashland residents who used the drug died earlier this month, allegedly from overdoses.

"We still see meth as the biggest risk, but heroin is a close second," Johnson said.

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