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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Pasco, WA Man, Seizure of Over 4 lbs of Crystal Methamphetamine - Interstate 84 in Hood River

January 28, 2013

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

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop last Thursday led to the arrest of a Pasco, Washington man after an OSP drug detection canine and trooper discovered over 4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a vehicle along Interstate 84 in Hood River. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On January 24, 2013 at approximately 3:05 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada displaying Washington license plates for a traffic violation westbound Interstate 84 near milepost 62. The vehicle's driver was identified as OMAR HUERTA-GARCIA, age 29, from Pasco, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper, with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine, to discover two kilos - approximately 4.4 pounds - of crystal methamphetamine concealed in the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized drugs is $65,000.

HUERTA-GARCIA was taken into custody and lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) on charges of Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.


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