MADGE seizes 6 pounds of meth near Central Point
Two southwestern Washington residents face felony drug charges after they were allegedly stopped in Southern Oregon with about 6 pounds of methamphetamine.
Douglas Ray Cline, 57, of Longview, Washington, and Charlotte Ann Frias, 22, of Battle Ground, Washington, were each charged in Jackson County Circuit Court on methamphetamine charges accusing them of keeping 6 pounds of the drug in plain view during a Friday morning traffic stop outside Central Point, according to court documents.
At about 8:35 a.m. Friday, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement detectives stopped Kline and Frias in a white Ford F-150 pickup with Washington plates near the intersection of Old Stage Road and Scenic Avenue.
Police say they saw a large bag of suspected crystal meth on the floorboard of the pickup “in plain view from the driver’s and passenger side door” during the stop, according to the police affidavit.
During the stop, the driver, Cline, allegedly attempted to take the fall for the drugs during the stop by telling police, “All of that is mine. ... All of that in the bag, it’s mine.”
Frias allegedly told police that the drugs obtained in Southern California were out in the open “the entire trip” because she was supposed to destroy them in the event they were pulled over by cutting into the bag with a knife and dissolving the meth into a bucket of water.
She was offered $1,000 for her role in the crime, Frias allegedly told police.
With the help of MADGE’s K-9 Max and a search warrant, police ultimately found 6 pounds of meth.
Cline made his initial court appearance Tuesday on felony charges of delivering and possessing methamphetamine. At the hearing, Judge David Orr set his bail at $500,000, ordered no contact with Frias and scheduled his next court appearance for Jan. 26.
The Jackson County District Attorney’s office charged Frias with delivering and possessing methamphetamine, but no court appearances have yet been set in her case. Frias was released from the jail on her own recognizance Sunday, jail and court records show.