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Woman with long criminal history faces federal drug charges

Brumble was past subject of one of Jackson County’s largest-ever indictments for identity theft

Dawn Estelle Brumble, 52, of Medford, is being held in the Jackson County Jail on federal charges that include possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and criminal forfeiture, according to the documents filed in U.S. District Court in Medford.

Brumble was indicted by a federal grand jury in September and was arraigned last week for an incident that allegedly occurred on or around Feb. 26, 2020.

She is scheduled for a detention hearing this week in the district court via videoconferencing.

Dawn Estelle Brumble

Brumble was previously convicted for crimes included in one of the largest indictments ever in Jackson County Circuit Court at that time — nearly 100 counts of identity theft, forgery and theft.

She was sentenced in December 2007 for up to 52 months in prison for stealing mail containing checks, altering the checks and cashing them herself, according to earlier news accounts.

In Jackson County, Brumble has a list of criminal cases that stretch back to 1989, the first being three counts of first-degree forgery, according to court documents. Brumble still owed restitution to victims of earlier theft and forgery crimes when she was convicted in 2007 in connection with the theft case.

The Easton family was among victims in the large-scale theft case decided 14 years ago. Tyler Easton, then age 9, lost $1,500 in college savings.

Most of the stolen money was eventually reimbursed. Easton was among top students at South Medford High School and a member of its 2017 graduating class.

His mother, Jennifer Easton, said Tyler recently completed his engineering studies at Oregon State University and is working in his field.

“He’s doing great,” she said. “It’s sad that she’s not.”

Brumble was found guilty in December of 2011 of identity theft and bank fraud, which resulted in a five-year federal prison sentence.

While cases for drug possession listed in records for Jackson County Circuit Court go back nearly 30 years, subsequent local cases have been mostly related to drugs.

Her order of detention for the current federal case states that she should be held in custody until trial not only because of her criminal history. The order cites such conditions as the nature of the offense, past failure to appear in court, prior violation of parole or probation guidelines, a lack of a stable residence, “unknown family-employment-community ties” and unspecified “unverified or unverifiable information.”