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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of $20 Counterfeit Bills, Arrest of Klamath Falls Woman

March 19, 2014

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

An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Tuesday night led to the arrest of a 30-year old Klamath Falls woman after the trooper found counterfeit $20 bills in her purse along with a small amount of methamphetamine.

On March 18, 2014 at approximately 9:15 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1999 Pontiac four-door occupied by 4 people for a vehicle license violation on Boardman Avenue near Avalon Street in Klamath Falls. The car's driver was identified as STEPHANIE J. VIGIL, age 30, and the three other occupants were determined to be on felony probation for various previous convictions.

During the traffic stop, officers from OSP, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and a drug detection dog from Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD) came to the scene to assist the trooper. Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led the trooper to find an envelope inside VIGIL's purse containing a stack of printer paper sheets with a total of sixty-two (62) $20 counterfeit bills on them. A baggie of suspected methamphetamine was also found in her pocket.

VIGIL was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Forgery in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine. After arriving at the jail, a corrections deputy found a small amount of methamphetamine concealed on her person. She was also cited by OSP for Driving While Suspended.

The three passengers were not arrested and were released at the scene.

No photographs available for this release.

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