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OSP Traffic Stop In Ontario Leads to Seizure of 37 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Missouri Men

July 15, 2013

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

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Two Missouri men were arrested last Thursday during a traffic stop by Oregon State Police (OSP) when the trooper, assisted by an OSP drug detection canine, discovered approximately 37 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Bob Wilson, on July 11, 2013 at approximately 8:30 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a Mercedes Benz passenger car displaying Missouri license plates on NE Goodfellow Street in Ontario for an equipment traffic violation. The vehicle's two occupants were identified as driver NETHANIAL B. NEAL, age 20, and passenger ROBERT R. GONZALES JR, age 23, both from Seligman, Missouri.

Subsequent investigation with the assistance of Ontario Police during the traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 37 pounds of marijuana in two large duffel bags in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $92,000.

Both men were arrested and lodged in the Malheur County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.


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