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Police arrest man after finding heroin during traffic stop

A traffic stop uncovered a stash of heroin valued at $7,500 Sunday evening, Medford police reported.

At about 5 p.m., a Medford police officer stopped a blue 2002 BMW for a traffic violation at Highland and Woodlawn drives, Lt. Brett Johnson, head of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, said in a news release today.

A dog trained to find drugs alerted officers, who searched the car and found 50 grams of heroin, a small amount of cocaine, scales, packaging, a safe and $523 in cash, which is alleged to be proceeds of drug trafficking. The heroin had an approximate street value of $7,500, Johnson's news release said.

The driver of the car, Kane Lee Cottle, 24, who lives in the Medford area, but has no permanent address, was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine, and possession, distribution and manufacture of heroin. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained this morning on $140,000 bail.

The case is under investigation by the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team.

— Anita Burke