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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of California Man, Seizure of 56 lbs of Marijuana
November 5, 2012


Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A California man was arrested on Sunday afternoon during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop on Highway 97 near Madras after the trooper discovered he was in possession of approximately 56 pounds of marijuana and a small amount of oxycodone.
 
On November 4, 2012 at about 3:48 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup driven by JOHN STONEBARGER, age 54, from Fall River Mills, California, on Highway 97 about eight miles south of Madras for a speed violation.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to a search of the pickup and the discovery of approximately 56 pounds of marijuana within the bed and inside the passenger cab. In addition, oxycodone tablets were also found. The marijuana and Oxycodone tablets have a combined street value of approximately $43,000.
 
STONEBARGER was arrested and lodged at the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution, and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Oxycodone. Bail was set at $63,000. He was also driving with a suspended/revoked California operator's license and was cited for No Driver License, Violation of Basic Rule, and Driving Uninsured.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.