Judge Orf's son faces drug, weapon charges

ASHLAND — Police arrested Andrew Robert "Drew" Orf, the 20-year-old son of juvenile court Judge Rebecca Orf and local defense attorney David Orf, on drug and weapon charges early Sunday.

Drew Orf, of the 100 block of Ridge Road, Ashland, was cited on charges of possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and carrying concealed brass knuckles.

An officer on patrol near the Ashland Gracepoint Nazarene Church at 1760 E. Main St. saw Orf's green Subaru Legacy waiting empty in the church parking lot at 2:16 a.m. Sunday.

A car filled with people pulled up and dropped off Orf, police said. In contacting Orf, the officer found marijuana and the brass knuckles, police said. The arresting officers noticed additional drugs in the car and impounded the car to the police station to wait for a search warrant.

They later discovered methamphetamine, cocaine, hashish, crushed Xanax and additional marijuana in Orf's car, police said.

The car also contained evidence of meth and marijuana manufacturing, they said.

"It's actually pretty unusual that you find such a variety of drugs altogether," said Deputy Chief Rich Walsh.

Orf has not yet been charged based on evidence in the search, Walsh said, and he will likely face a grand jury.

Church officials said today they were not aware of the incident.

Drew Orf was a focal point of an investigation into a double-fatal crash involving an intoxicated Ashland teenager that occurred Feb. 11, 2005, in Medford. Police believed the driver who caused the crash, Kevan Thatcher-Stephens, had been drinking at Drew Orf's home that night. Nothing was confirmed and Drew Orf was never charged in the case.

Police said Rebecca and David Orf hindered their investigation and filed ethical complaints in 2006 with the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability and the Oregon State Bar. The judicial fitness commission declined to investigate the complaint in April 2007; the Bar that same month found no evidence that David Orf had violated any rules of professional conduct.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.

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