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Ashland man got more than 4 years for cocaine bust

It seems like I’ve seen a lot of meth busts in the news, but I’m wondering whatever happened in that Ashland cocaine bust where police got something like half a million dollars from a safe?

— No name given, via email

If you’re thinking of the September arrests of David Eugene McCabe, 74, and Carie Lynn Garrison, 47, there was actually three-quarters of a million dollars seized from a safe in the 100 block of North Wightman Street.

For those just tuning in, a Sept. 17 police search at the home McCabe shared with Garrison yielded 4 pounds of cocaine, 32 pounds of the marijuana extract known as butane honey oil, more than 20 pounds of marijuana, and $775,629 in cash, according to news reports after their arrest.

Prior to McCabe’s arrest, a confidential informant working with detectives had purchased a “dealer quantity” of cocaine from McCabe over two transactions, according to court documents.

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team gave the informant money and a radio device in the first week of September, and police followed the informant to a meeting with McCabe, a search warrant said.

Garrison allegedly drove McCabe to the second of two drug deals that were monitored by MADGE, according to a document filed by Deputy District Attorney Jordan Bailey, who prosecuted the case.

On Feb. 7, McCabe was sentenced to 56 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of delivering cocaine, unlawfully delivering a marijuana item and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, Jackson County Circuit Court records show.

Garrison faces felony charges of manufacturing, delivering and possessing cocaine, delivering and possessing heroin and laundering money. She is scheduled to change her plea Wednesday morning, according to court records accessed Tuesday night.

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