Medford man popped for meth possession

Narcotics officers say they found $12,000 worth of high-grade meth in his home
Wesley Dale Boyd

A Medford man faces felony narcotics charges after drug cops allegedly found nearly $12,000 worth of high-quality crystal meth inside his home on Thursday.

Wesley Dale Boyd, 27, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of delivery, manufacture and possession of methamphetamine and manufacture and possession of marijuana, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) officials said in a news release. He was held on more than $1 million bail.

MADGE officers served the search warrant at Boyd's home in the 1000 block of Peachwood Court. Inside they found approximately four ounces of meth, three mature marijuana plants and $1,699 in cash, believed to be proceeds from drug sales, MADGE Lt. Brett Johnson said.

"That is a pretty good amount of meth," Johnson added.

The meth was a high-quality crystal form that typically makes its way to the Rogue Valley from Mexico and California, Johnson said.

"That's the only type we see these days," he said.

As bad as the charges were for Boyd, it could have been much worse. His home sits just a bit more than 1,000 feet from South Medford High School. Had the home been a little closer to the school, the potential penalties would have increased dramatically.

Boyd has a history of drug sales and possession, but has not been in trouble for several years, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

He has previous convictions for cocaine and marijuana crimes dating back to 2004.

"It's been a while since he's done anything like this," Johnson said. "You'd like to see people get out of drugs and stay out, but that's not always the case."

The quality of meth confiscated Thursday sells for about $3,000 an ounce, making the haul worth about $12,000 on the street, police estimated.

"We are still seeing a lot of meth and heroin around here," Johnson said.

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