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  • Three arrested in alleged Sunday drug bust

  • A California man was arrested Sunday after police found a large amount of illegal drugs and a loaded gun in the hotel room he occupied, according to a Medford police release.
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  • A California man was arrested Sunday after police found a large amount of illegal drugs and a loaded gun in the hotel room he occupied, Medford police reported.
    Donnie Clarence Stewart, II, 43, of Hickman, Calif., remains in the Jackson County Jail on numerous drug charges, including possession, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine and heroin, delivery and manufacture of methamphetamine and heroin near a school, felon in possession of a weapon, and identity theft, jail records show. His bail is set at close to $1.7 million.
    Crystal Shanti Bourn, 25, and Lacey Jane Bryant-Lovrin, 26, both of Medford, were arrested on possession of methamphetamine and heroin charges, with an additional charge of methadone possession for Bryant-Lovrin, arrest records show. Both women were released on their own recognizance.
    Police said they responded to an anonymous report of suspected drug activity at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers responded to the Red Carpet Inn at 525 S. Riverside Drive and found Stewart, Bourn and Bryant-Lovrin in the room, along with a variety of drugs, the release said. Police said they found 23 grams of methamphetamine, two grams of heroin, a small vial containing three methadone pills, and a loaded Springfield Armory 9mm handgun.
    "The drugs were somewhat spread out throughout the room," said Lt. Mike Budreau, adding packaging materials were also found. "We believe there were sales going on."
    Most of the drugs were found in a bag police believe belonged to Stewart, Budreau said.
    The location is within 1,000 feet of Logos Charter School. Authorities believe Stewart, who has a warrant out for his arrest in California — those specific charges were not available — rented the room under a fake name, police said.
    "This is not uncommon to what we see in the local drug community," Budreau said. "(Suspects) often will all co-habitate together, at least temporarily in a hotel or house."
    The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team has been made aware of the case, though Medford police performed the initial arrests, Budreau said.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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