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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Charges for 2 Washington Resident Following 10 lbs Marijuana Seizure near Klamath Falls

December 10, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Two Richland, Washington residents were arrested Sunday afternoon during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop on Highway 97 near Klamath Falls when a trooper found approximately 10 pounds of marijuana concealed in the vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On December 9, 2012 at approximately 2:41 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2012 Ford Fusion displaying California license plates for an unspecified traffic violation on Highway 97 near milepost 278. The vehicle's two occupants were identified as driver BONNIE GAY CLARK, age 39, and passenger RICHARD MICHAEL BUTHERUS, age 30, both from Richland, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the OSP trooper to discover approximately ten pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

CLARK and BUTHERUS were cited and released to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

 

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