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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 11 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Kuna, ID Father and Son
02/06/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
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A father and son from Kuna, Idaho were arrested Friday during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop in Burns for failing to yield to a pedestrian after they were found in possession of approximately 11 lbs of marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.
 
On February 3, 2012 at approximately 11:23 a.m. an OSP sergeant stopped a rented 2010 Chevrolet Malibu for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk on Broadway Street at "A" Street in Burns, Oregon. The driver was identified as KIRK YERTON, age 48, from Kuna, Idaho. He was accompanied by his 23-year old son, KODY YERTON.
 
During the traffic stop, the sergeant saw KIRK YERTON place a small container on the ground by a fence. Upon inspection of the container, a small amount of methamphetamine and a pipe was found inside. KIRK YERTON was taken into custody for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Tampering with Evidence.
 
Subsequent further investigation with the help of a Harney County Sheriff’s Office drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 11 lbs of marijuana inside a duffel bag in the car’s trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $27,500.
 
Both men were lodged in the Harney County Jail on the following charges:
 
KIRK YERTON
  • Unlawful Delivery, Manufacturing and Possession of Marijuana
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Tampering with Evidence
 
KODY YERTON
  • Unlawful Delivery, Manufacturing and Possession of Marijuana
 
KIRK YERTON was also cited for Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. KODY YERTON was cited for Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Vehicle.