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Two OSP Salem-area Traffic Stops Lead to Marijuana Seizures; Three Facing Charges
02/15/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Two Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stops in the Salem area one week ago led to the discovery of marijuana, marijuana plants, and other evidence. Three people are facing charges including a 72-year old California man. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section has been following up on the investigations and has now authorized release of information.
 
In the first case, on February 8, 2011 at approximately 11:34 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2009 Ford Ranger pickup displaying California license plates for a speed violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 253. The driver was identified as ROBERT E. COWART, age 72, from Laytonville, California. Subsequent investigation during this traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 2 lbs. of marijuana inside a box decorated to appear as a gift. An OSP drug detection canine assisted during the stop and discovery of marijuana with an estimated value of $5,000. COWART was cited and released for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.
 
Photograph links valid 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
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The second case developed over four hours later during a February 9, 2011 traffic stop at approximately 3:11 a.m. northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 255. An OSP trooper stopped a 2006 Ford F150 pickup for following too closely and contacted the two occupants identified as driver JASON W. HAMILTON, age 40, from Lacey, Washington, and passenger TIMOTHY L. BERGMAN, age 42, from Shoreline, Washington.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery of 249 small marijuana plants in boxes, hashish, and cash. An OSP drug detection canine assisted during the stop in locating the marijuana and other evidence.
 
HAMILTON and BERGMAN was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.
 
Photograph links valid 30 days - Sources:
Oregon State Police
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Marion County Sheriff's Office
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No other persons have been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigations.