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  • Medford man charged with selling meth near a school

  • A Medford man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling methamphetamine near a school.
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  • A Medford man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling methamphetamine near a school.
    Todd Leroy Evans, 47, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of delivery of methamphetamine near a school and possession of methamphetamine, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) said in a news release.
    Evans is accused of dealing meth from his home in the 1500 block of Westfield Way, which is near South Medford High School, police said.
    MADGE officers, who served a warrant there Tuesday as part of a drug investigation, said they found a small amount of meth, packaging material, scales and drug records in the home.
    Evans was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained Wednesday afternoon on $510,000 bail.
    MADGE Lt. Brett Johnson said Evans had only a small amount of meth inside his home when MADGE showed up at the door.
    "It wasn't the best timing for us," Johnson said. "You always want to show up when there's a sizable amount of meth, but it appears that Mr. Evans had sold most of it before we arrived."
    Johnson said investigators have interviewed people who purchased drugs at the home or witnessed drug deals there.
    MADGE officers will interview Evans and other witnesses to get an idea of how much meth was moved out of the home, Johnson said.
    "This is when witness statements come into it," Johnson said. "We will be looking to piece together what was going on in the home as far as drug sales are concerned."
    Johnson said the neighborhood where the bust occurred is a quiet one with very little drug sale activity.
    "We don't have a lot of calls there," Johnson said. "It's a nice neighborhood. A case like this can really help a neighborhood like that to remain safe and drug- free."
    Evans has no criminal history, which makes his alleged turn to drug sales puzzling for investigators.
    "We don't know why, but it seems like one day he just decide to start selling dope," Johnson said.
    Johnson said the department is on track to seize 100 pounds of meth for 2012. This would be a record, he said.
    "We are probably going to break a few records in drug seizures this year," Johnson said. "It's been busy all year long."
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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