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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 9 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of California Man - Interstate 5 in Wilsonville

January 23, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Photograph links valid at least 30 days - Sources: Oregon State Police & Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Thursday morning on Interstate 5 in the Wilsonville area led to the arrest of a California man after approximately 9 pounds of marijuana, hashish and other evidence.

On January 23, 2014 at approximately 1:15 a.m., an OSP senior trooper and recruit trooper stopped a 2013 Kia Soul displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 285 for multiple traffic violations. The vehicle was occupied by two men including driver STEVEN JEROME BETHUNE, age 29, from Camptonville, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery and seizure of approximately 9 pounds of marijuana, over an ounce of hashish, and other evidence concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

BETHUNE was arrested and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

The 38-year old male passenger was not arrested and released from the scene.


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