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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 30 lbs of Heroin, Arrest of Two Men - Interstate 5 near Ashland
July 9, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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Two men were arrested last Friday morning during a traffic stop by Oregon State Police (OSP) along Interstate 5 south of Ashland when a trooper found approximately 30 pounds of heroin concealed in their vehicle. OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing the investigation.
 
On July 5, 2013 at approximately 7:30 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Ford van displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 11 for a speed violation. The van was occupied by two men identified as driver JOSE RAUL ESPARZA, age 26, from Calexico, California, and passenger ARMANDO AGUSTIN VILLASENOR JR, age 21, from El Centro, California.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop resulted in the trooper’s discovery of approximately 30 pounds of heroin concealed inside the car’s trunk area. Estimated value of the seized heroin is in excess of $600,000.
 
Both men were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture, Possession, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Heroin.