David Jon Rendon, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a career criminal, was sentenced Monday to more than 17 years in federal prison on charges stemming from a July 2010 incident in which he was found to be in possession of large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs, as well as a loaded handgun in violation of his felon status.

David Jon Rendon, described by the U.S. Department of Justice as a career criminal, was sentenced Monday to more than 17 years in federal prison on charges stemming from a July 2010 incident in which he was found to be in possession of large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs, as well as a loaded handgun in violation of his felon status.

The sentence was handed down Monday by U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner in Medford.

Rendon had a long history of being involved with drug trafficking in the Medford area going back over a decade, said Sgt. Kevin Walruff of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force, but it was Rendon's most recent arrest that finally brought him before a federal judge.

Jackson County probation officers assisted by the Medford Police Department conducted a search of Rendon's apartment in 2010 and found 1/4-pound of methamphetamine, a cutting agent called MSM, digital scales, ecstasy pills, hydrocodone pills, cocaine and a loaded 9mm handgun on which the serial number had been removed.

Walruff said that for the most part, Rendon's past run-ins with Medford Police were drug-related. He had previous arrests, in 2005 and 2007, both relating to drug charges, primarily methamphetamine. A Justice Department press release stated that he also had a past conviction of third-degree assault.

"I remember him from back when I was a patrol officer... and that was 10 years ago." Walruff said.

Walruff also said the unusually large amount of methamphetamine found in Rendon's apartment in 2010 combined with the loaded weapon pushed local enforcement to recommend federal prosecution.

"With that substantial amount of methamphetamine and cocaine and the possession of a firearm we thought it was worth it to have the (Assistant U.S. Attorney's Office) review the case," he said.

Mat Wolf is a reporting intern from the University of Oregon. Reach him at 541-776-4481 or by email at mwolf@mailtribune.com