Newport Police Officer Hayden Randall and his partner, K9 Nero, were responsible for discovering a commercial quantity of methamphetamine during a routine traffic violation Sunday morning in Newport.
Timothy Jason Jones, 39, of Toledo, was stopped by Randall at 3:30 a.m. Sunday for a routine traffic violation. Jones’ driving status came back suspended and with two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest.
As Randall was arresting Jones, he observed evidence of possible narcotics use and deployed K9 Nero, who searched the outside of Jones’ vehicle. Nero alerted Randall to narcotics in the vehicle and a search revealed a commercial quantity of methamphetamine, which was pre-weighed, packaged and labeled for sale.
Jones was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail where he faces charges of delivery, possession and manufacturing of a controlled substance in addition to the two outstanding felony warrants for failure to appear and parole violation stemming from an earlier property hit and run from another jurisdiction. His bail was set at $265,000.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541 574-3348.