More than $1 million bail for Phoenix man who tried to hide meth in juice

A Phoenix man who allegedly tried to hide methamphetamine in a bottle of juice after he was stopped by police was arrested Tuesday on drug trafficking charges.

The Medford Area Gang and Drug Enforcement team stopped 30-year-old Earl Richard Shamblin III in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee on Highway 140, about seven miles east of White City. The stop, made just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, was part of an ongoing drug investigation, police said.

In a search of Shamblin and his Jeep, officers found a bottle of juice with meth in it, investigators said in a news release. They suspect that Shamblin tried to hide about an ounce of meth by dropping it into the nearly full juice bottle when officers stopped him. That move prompted investigators to identify the entire 11 ounces of liquid as meth, the news release noted.

Shamblin was charged with possession, manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1,010,000 bail.

MADGE investigators said Shamblin's parole officer had been notified of his arrest and he likely will be charged with violating parole on a previous federal drug trafficking conviction. He pleaded guilty in February 2008 to having about 435 grams of meth for distribution.

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