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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of California Man, Seizure of 11 lbs of Methamphetamine - Highway 97 in Klamath Falls

June 23, 2013

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

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Oregon State Police
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

A California resident is facing charges in Klamath County following a Sunday morning Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop in Klamath Falls during which an OSP trooper discovered approximately 11 pounds of methamphetamine concealed i nside the vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Patrick Trippett, on June 23, 2013, at approximately 9:14 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1991 Land Rover Discovery displaying Nevada license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 274 for a moving traffic violation. The vehicle's single occupant was identified as JAMES E. GONZALEZ, age 25, from Norwalk, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover concealed inside the vehicle approximately 11 pounds of methamphetamine. The estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $143,000.

GONZALEZ was lodged into the Klamath County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.


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