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Father and son arrested during meth lab bust

Wednesday's raid of a methamphetamine lab in southwest Medford netted a second arrest, the son of the lab's alleged owner.

Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement task force officers found 33-year-old Stephen Everett Reid in the home during their search Wednesday morning and arrested him on a probation violation stemming from a past assault case outside of Jackson County. His involvement at the lab is under investigation, police said. He remains in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Reid's father, Stephen Robert Lyon, 54, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession and manufacture of methamphetamine. Lyon is in the Jackson County Jail on $30,000 bail.

Police served a search warrant at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Lyon's home, 1118 S. Holly St. The search stemmed from information given to police about narcotics seen at the home. MADGE investigators discovered the methamphetamine lab during the bust and found Lyon in the back bedroom, according to a probable cause affidavit. Investigators say the operation appeared to have been active for several months. The affidavit says chemicals found on scene included Coleman fuel, acetone, muriatic acid, Epsom salts, formaldehyde, ethyl alcohol, mercury chloride and liquid and powdered drain cleaner.

MADGE worked with the Oregon State Police's Clan Lab Response Team to process the evidence and dispose of the dangerous chemicals. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has deemed the home hazardous.

The affidavit states Lyon denied making methamphetamine in the home, stating instead that he was making plastic. The affidavit says he then changed his story to say he was making amino acids, then fentanyl, a synthetic opiate.

As far back as 2007, local law enforcement has discovered only five methamphetamine labs around Jackson County. The last discovery of note occurred in 2012. In 2006 alone, police discovered six. That year was the same year Oregon passed legislation requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medicines such as Sudafed.

Court records show Lyon has multiple convictions for possession of controlled substances in Jackson County. Records also show Reid pleaded guilty to two Jackson County car theft cases back in 2002.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Stephen Everett Reid
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