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Police: Central Point drug bust yields 26 guns

A man and woman face numerous charges after police allegedly found 26 guns — including shotguns and semi-automatic weapons — during a drug bust at a Central Point home.

Shawna Kathleen Carey, 43, of the 4000 block of Merita Terrace in Central Point was charged with delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and five counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Justin Jerry Frischman, 37, of the 5000 block of South Pacific Highway in Phoenix faces charges of manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine. He has past misdemeanor convictions.

Both entered not guilty pleas to all charges Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court and have pre-trial conference hearings set for June 20.

On April 21, Medford Area Drug Gang Enforcement Team detectives served a search warrant at a Merita Terrace address where they allegedly found Carey and Frischman with more than a dozen guns in plain view, according to probable cause affidavits.

The guns included pistols, semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, shotguns, bolt-action rifles and semi-automatic rifles, said MADGE Commander and Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Investigators allegedly found methamphetamine in Carey's purse plus bagged methamphetamine, scales and packaging in the home. Frischman allegedly had more than $3,000 cash on his person, the affidavits said.

Frischman allegedly told investigators he purchases methamphetamine in half-pound quantities, then breaks it down into smaller quantities for resale. He allegedly admitted that some of the cash was from drug sales, the affidavits said.

Carey's past convictions include possession of methamphetamine, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving under the influence of intoxicants, hindering prosecution and driving with a suspended license.

Frischman has another pending case, for first-degree theft and possession of a flash-diversionary device, both felonies.

Sometimes referred to as flash-bang devices, flash-diversionary devices emit a loud bang and flash of light to disorient suspects. Meant to be nonlethal, the devices can cause injuries, including burns, hearing damage, concussions and damage to extremities severe enough to require amputation if they go off too close to people.

Both Frischman and Carey were released from the Jackson County Jail on their own recognizance.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.