Medford man arrested with meth and needles during traffic stop

A Medford man was arrested Wednesday morning after sheriff's deputies allegedly found meth, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia inside his car, officials said.

A Jackson County deputy stopped a 2004 Chevy Malibu at the intersection of North Ross Lane and Highway 238 just after midnight after seeing problems with the car's license plate, a sheriff's department news release said.

The deputy soon learned that the driver, identified as Robert Hampton, 28, had warrants for his arrest.

While Hampton was searched, the deputy found $1,300 wrapped in rubber bands in his pocket.

During a search of the car, the deputy found multiple hypodermic needles, two glass smoking pipes, four grams of meth, a digital scale and small plastic bags.

Hampton was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail. He is charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

His bail is set at $530,000. A female passenger with him at the stop was cleared of any illegal activity and released.

— Chris Conrad

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