February 28, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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A Wednesday night traffic stop by Oregon State Police (OSP) along Interstate 5 in Salem led to the arrest of a California man after the trooper found approximately 15 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.
On February 27, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m. an OSP troopers stopped a 1996 Toyota Tacoma pickup displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 253 for a speed violation. The driver was identified as CESAR E. GONZALEZ-RIVAS, age 36, from Willits, California.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 15 one-pound bags of marijuana concealed inside the pickup. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $35,000.
GONZALEZ-RIVAS was arrested without incident and lodged in the Marion County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. He is no longer in custody at the jail.
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