Sheriff's department arrests pair after finding drugs

Police on Thursday found more than 21 ounces of methamphetamine, some marijuana, painkillers and ammunition for a pistol when they dropped in on a Medford man who had allegedly violated his parole, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

Probation officers accompanied by a sheriff's deputy showed up at the residence of David Farmer, 37, in the 100 block of Clover Lane in Medford. When they went inside to talk to Farmer, a second man in the house, Joel Dixon, 47, allegedly dropped an unzipped backpack as he tried to hide.

Police said a large bag of marijuana — about 260 grams — was seen lying next to the backpack, and inside the pack, in plain view, was a plastic container with several bags of meth inside.

Police also found a bag containing 19 oxycodone pills inside the backpack, and when they searched Dixon, police said, they found a loaded clip for a Colt .380 pistol. No gun was found.

Farmer and Dixon were arrested on parole violations.

Dixon was also arrested for manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Farmer is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail. Dixon is being held on $1.06 million bail.

Correction: The headline on this story has been updated to identify the arresting agency correctly.

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