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Abuse of methamphetamine changes man’s face after mugshots released of 16 arrests

September 2, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Abuse of methamphetamine changes man’s face after mugshots released of 16 arrests

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A man’s lengthy criminal past and his facial transformation from the effects of methamphetamine abuse have been recorded in a series of mugshots beginning back in 2002 when he was only 18-years-old.

Matthew Medlin’s most recent mugshot, taken earlier this week, came after he was engaged in a four-hour standoff with Portland police officers during which he allegedly injected himself with meth. The man was reportedly arrested for the 16th time on Tuesday afternoon for damaging several vehicles, licking another individual’s face, and trying to bite a police officer.

Earlier this week, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office published more than twelve mugshots of Medlin, which represent the preceding 14 years of his life and the visible toll that crime has taken on him. He now possesses face tattoos, including streams of tears and large eyebrows. In one of his mugshots, he’s sporting what seems to be war paint over his tattoos.


He was also convicted as a sex offender back in 2013.

According to Portland’s KPTV, Medlin’s most recent arrest stemmed from hiding himself in a rail car from cops for four hours and refusing to surrender. He hurled glass and rocks at authorities to keep them away. He also reportedly had a felony arrest warrant associated with a parole violation.

As police were trying to apprehend the man, investigators informed reporters that he inoculated himself with methamphetamine and told cops he hadn’t slept for 26 hours. He was finally taken into custody after cops tasered him and shot non-lethal rounds at him. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and transferred to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

As a result of the bizarre dispute, he faces additional charges including resisting arrest and criminal trespass.

In 2014, Medlin first caught the media’s attention regarding an incident at a Jack in the Box restaurant where he was discovered after escaping from a nearby jail.

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