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Traffic Stop Leads to 3 lbs. of Methamphetamine, One Arrest near Medford
01/03/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Jackson County Sheriff's Office
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A Wednesday afternoon traffic stop by Oregon State Police (OSP) near Medford led to the discovery of approximately 3 lbs. of methamphetamine and the arrest of one individual from California. OSP was assisted with the traffic stop and follow-up investigation by OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives assigned to the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team.
 
According to OSP Lieutenant Kelly Collins, on December 29, 2010 at approximately 3:00 p.m. an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2002 Dodge 1500 pickup displaying California license plates for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 26. The driver was identified as LUIS ALBERT MERCADO-VILLALOBOS age 22, from Sunnyvale, California.
 

Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led to the discovery and seizure of approximately 3 lbs. of methamphetamine concealed in the vehicle. The seized drugs have an estimated value of approximately $30,000.
 
MERCADO-VILLALOBOS was taken into custody and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Providing False Information to a Police Officer
  • Forgery First Degree
 
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office website also indicates an ICE hold.