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Medford police station vandalism leads to drug arrests

Two men face felony drug charges in the wake of vandalism to Medford’s police station that was captured on surveillance video.

Auston Lee Lindsey, 24, of Cave Junction is accused of spray painting the word “vandal” on the police station’s front concrete at 2:17 a.m. Tuesday while John Allen Riley, 26, of Medford kept lookout, according to a Medford police Facebook post and documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court. Medford police say that civilian staff working in the building on South Ivy Street also witnessed Lindsey and Riley tagging the concrete.

Within half an hour of the vandalism, police found Lindsey and Riley walking along Jackson Street, questioned them and found drugs on each of them.

Police allegedly found crystal methamphetamine and a switchblade knife on Lindsey, while Jackson County Jail corrections deputies allegedly found black tar heroin inside a silver container hidden within Riley’s body, according to court documents.

Each suspect also had outstanding warrants, according to police and court records.

As of Tuesday evening, Lindsey remained held in the Jackson County Jail on $93,750 on a felony charge of possessing meth, misdemeanor charges of felon in possession of a restricted weapon and second-degree criminal mischief, along with separate warrants for burglary, theft, and failing to appear in court on previous charges of forgery and identity theft.

Riley remained held in jail without bail Tuesday on felony charges of possessing heroin and supplying contraband, a misdemeanor charge of second-degree criminal mischief and for violating his probation on a prior first-degree burglary conviction.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Auston Lee Lindsey, left, and John Allen Riley each face charges in a Medford police station vandalism. Medford police photos.