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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 7.5 lbs. Methamphetamine, Four Arrests near Ashland
02/11/2010
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 776-6114 ext. 233

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A Wednesday morning Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop near Ashland led to the discovery of approximately 7.5 lbs. of methamphetamine and the arrest of four people from the Portland metro area. The seized drugs have an estimated value of approximately $150,000.
 
On February 10, 2010 at approximately 6:45 a.m. an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe displaying Oregon license plates for a speed violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 11. The vehicle was occupied by three adult males, a 17-year old female and her one-year old child. The three adult males were identified as driver ISRAEL GARCIA-JUAREZ, age 27, from Beaverton, and passengers FRANCISCO JAVIER ROMERO-PEREZ, age 21, and ARON CERVANTES-HERNANDEZ, age 32, both from Portland. The 17-year old female and her child were also from Portland.
 
Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led to the discovery and seizure of approximately 7.5 lbs. of methamphetamine concealed in the vehicle.
 
The three men and juvenile female were taken into custody on the following charges:
 
GARCIA-JUAREZ
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Hold placed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement
 
ROMERO-PEREZ
  • Same charges as posted above for GARCIA-JUAREZ
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
 
CERVANTES-HERNANDEZ
  • Same charges as posted above for GARCIA-JUAREZ
 
The men were lodged in the Jackson County Jail with bail over $1 million. The juvenile female was detained at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Facility for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The child was placed into the custody of Department of Human Services.
 
OSP troopers involved in the traffic stop and arrests were assisted by OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives assigned to the DEA task force and Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.