Man arrested with 2 ounces of meth

A Medford man arrested Friday after drug investigators found "a substantial quantity" of crystal methamphetamine in his West Jackson Street home appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday.

Kevin Michael Haney, 48, was arraigned on charges of possession, manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school. Prosecutors also started forfeiture proceedings against him.

Bail was set at $500,000 during Monday's appearance, court records show. However, Haney is also accused of violating parole on a previous drug conviction and is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail on that charge.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators served a search warrant at Haney's home in the 200 block of West Jackson Street. Details from an informant led to the warrant, said Lt. Brett Johnson, who heads the drug-investigation team. The home is less than 1,000 feet from Jackson Elementary School and McLoughlin Middle School.

Investigators seized almost 2 ounces of meth, packaging materials and $600 in cash from Haney's home, Johnson said.

"It was a dealer quantity," he said, noting that most users buy about a gram. There are about 28 grams per ounce.

Johnson said the drug-investigation team tracks down drug dealers through informants, controlled buys and complaints from neighbors who report suspicious activity.

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