February 12, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
A North Dakota man is facing charges in Wasco County after his arrest last Wednesday night when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper discovered he was in possession of approximately 6 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle when stopped for a traffic violation along Highway 197 north of Interstate 84 in The Dalles. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.
On February 6, 2013 at approximately 11:35 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1994 Honda Civic displaying North Dakota license plates for a lane change violation observed eastbound along Interstate 84 near milepost 87. The car's driver was identified as THANE ERIC JOHNSON, age 24, from Minot, North Dakota.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover a total of approximately 6 pounds of marijuana in sixteen separate sealed bags in the car's trunk. A Sherman County Sheriff's Office drug detection canine assisted during the stop and seizure. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $15,000.
JOHNSON was lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. He was released from their custody on a later date.