Traffic stop yields meth, gold coins

A traffic stop Monday morning led Medford police to a bounty of stolen gold coins, officials said.

A motorcycle officer with Medford police made the stop at about 10 a.m. in the area of Court and Edwards streets. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Harold Floyd Payne Jr., 38, was arrested on numerous warrants and a charge of giving false information to police.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement officers then received word that backpacks in the vehicle contained drugs. A search of these bags turned up two ounces of methamphetamine, $1,941 in cash, scales, packaging materials and a handgun.

Officers also found $16,000 in stolen gold coins. Officers are attempting to identity the owner of the coins, which are believed to be stolen, officials said.

Payne was charged with delivery, manufacture and possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on more than $1 million bail.

Anyone with information on the gold coins and the possible owner is asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4783.

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