Medora man faces drug charges


A 22-year-old Medora man was arrested on two drug-related charges Sunday evening after a traffic stop in that small southwestern Jackson County town.

John Wesley Newman faces a preliminary Level 5 felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia, according to a news release from Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer.

Meyer said the stop for a traffic violation was made by county Sgt. Ben Rudolph at about 6:35 p.m. at Main and Jackson streets.

During the stop, Rudolph said he noticed suspicious behavior from Newman and decided to have his K-9, Nyx, perform a clean air sniff of the vehicle.

Nyx had a distinct change in behavior around the driver door, so Rudolph conducted a probable cause search.

Methamphetamine and paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle along with a long rifle, police said. Due to the rifle being found in the vehicle, the methamphetamine charge was enhanced from a Level 6 felony to a Level 5 felony.

A Level 5 felony calls for a sentence of one to six years in prison with an advisory sentence of three years upon conviction. 

Jackson County officers Kevin Settle and Billy Dishman assisted Rudolph with the arrest.

No posts to display