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Police drug dog sniffs out a pound of meth

With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, Medford police found a pound of methamphetamine in a Honda Accord just after midnight Thursday and arrested two Washington men.

Daniel Angel Ferrusca, 33, and Graciano Rendon, 27, both of Pasco, Wash., were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on drug charges.

Investigators in Medford's gang and street drug unit had information that the men were involved in the drug trade and had been watching them and the car, which was licensed in California, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

After seeing a traffic violation, officers stopped the Honda near the intersection of Ross Lane and Rossanley Drive at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Robb, an English springer spaniel trained in drug detection, found the meth while searching the car, police said. Robb has worked in the department for eight years with handler Rob Havice.

Ferrusca was arrested on charges of possession, delivery and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine. He remains jailed in lieu of more than $1 million bail.

Rendon was arrested on charges of possession and delivery of methamphetamine, a fugitive warrant out of California and suspicion of being in the country illegally. He was held without bail.