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MADGE arrests three after finding meth in Medford motel room

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team Wednesday arrested three people on drug charges and outstanding warrants after investigators served a search warrant at a motel in Medford.

According to a Medford Police Department news release, MADGE investigators served a search warrant just before noon on a room at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road after receiving a tip about possible drug trafficking and wanted persons in the area.

Detectives arrested David Dewayne McDaniel, 37, and John Lawrence Thomas, 38, on charges of unlawful manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine after discovering almost 2 ounces of methamphetamine and $1,700 in cash, along with scales and packaging materials, the release said.

In addition to the drug charges, McDaniel was held on charge of violation probation stemming from a previous conviction for unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Also arrested at the motel room was Ashley Renee Scott, 28, who was arrested on a charge of failing to appear on a charge of criminal mischief.

Scott was booked in the Jackson County Jail and released on her own recognizance, while Thomas was lodged on more than $1 million bail. McDaniel is being held without bail on the probation violation, jail records show.

John Lawrence Thomas
David Dewayne McDaniel