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Update: Name Released - Cocaine Seizure During Traffic Stop in Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A Washington State man was taken into custody Saturday afternoon when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper discovered 31 kilos of cocaine concealed in a sport utility vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the Salem area. The man's name and age are being released, but no further information is due to the ongoing investigation.
On January 19, 2008 at approximately 12:20 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2005 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle displaying out-of-state license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 253 for speed and lane change violations. During contact with the lone occupant identified as DAVID CHICO MONJARAZ III, age 26, the trooper subsequently found 31 kilos of cocaine in a false compartment located in the rear cargo area. The approximately 66 pounds of cocaine has an estimated value of $600,000.
MONJARAZ III was taken into custody and lodged in Marion County Jail on the following charges:
  • Unlawful Distribution of Cocaine
  • Unlawful Possession of Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Unlawfully Deliver a Controlled Substance - Cocaine
OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing the investigation.