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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of Nearly 4 lbs of Crystal Methamphetamine, One Arrest - Interstate 5 north of Medford

March 10, 2014

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

Photograph link valid at least 30 days - Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office

A 36-year old man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) early Sunday morning during a traffic stop along Interstate 5 north of Medford when a trooper discovered approximately 3.8 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the man's vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 9, 2014 at approximately 1:23 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2014 Acura passenger car displaying California license plates for a speed violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 43. The trooper contacted the driver identified as ERICK SALVADOR HERNANDEZ-RUIZ, age 36, from Modesto, California.

Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led the trooper to locate and seize approximately 3.8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine concealed inside the car. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $55,000.

HERNANDEZ-RUIZ was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. Jackson County Jail website also indicates an ICE hold is placed on him.

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