Stop nets 67 grams of meth

A traffic stop made during Saturday's Rooster Crow festivities in Rogue River led to the arrest of a Rogue River man and the seizure of 67 grams of methamphetamine, which police believe is the largest such seizure in the city's history.

David Ray Watson, 36, of the 200 block of Rogue Lane was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of manufacturing, possession and delivery of methamphetamine as well as possession of heroin, court records show.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack set Watson's bail at $500,000 and returned him to the Jackson County Jail.

Watson was in a white Chevrolet truck parked on the Rogue River boat ramp shortly before 6 p.m. when he was quickly approached by a woman who then quickly walked away in what officers suspected was a drug sale, police said.

Rogue River police Officer Robert Buren and Reserve Officer Nathan Staller ran a check of the truck's license plate and discovered that the truck had an expired registration, police said.

After Watson drove away, the officers stopped the car and suspected that Watson was under the influence of narcotics, police said. A Phoenix Police Department drug dog was called in and alerted police to the suspected presence of drugs throughout the vehicle, police said.

A subsequent search of the truck netted the 67 grams of methamphetamine, a small amount of suspected heroin and various drug paraphernalia, police said.

Watson was arrested following a similar traffic stop May 30 in Josephine County, where he faces drug and a weapons charge stemming from that stop, police said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or email

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