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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Seizures in Oregon and Humboldt County, California; Three Arrested
02/22/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Tuesday near Cottage Grove led to the initial seizure of more than 15 pounds of marijuana, over six ounces of hashish, and the arrest of two men from Missouri. The follow-up investigation by OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives led to a search warrant being served in Humboldt County, California where one person was arrested and additional seizures of marijuana and other evidence occurred.
 
On February 21, 2012 at approximately 8:44 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle displaying California license plates for traffic violations northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 173. The two occupants were identified as driver FRANK N. KONSEWICZ, age 21, from St. Louis, Missouri, and passenger KEITH T. CARPENTIER, age 39, from McKinleyville, California.
 
Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine and a Lane County sheriff deputy led to the seizure of over 15 pounds of marijuana and six ounces of hashish concealed in a large box inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $37,500.
 
Both men were taken into custody and lodged in the Lane County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.
 
Following the initial stop and seizure, the investigation continued by OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives that led to a search warrant being served by Humboldt County Drug Task Force. The interagency investigation led to an additional seizures of approximately 15 pounds of packaged marijuana, 40 pounds of drying marijuana, over 100 marijuana plants and other evidence. A 49-year old man was arrested at this location.
 
Additional information regarding the Humboldt County Drug Task Force investigation is available in their news release at: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/sheriff/pressreleases/default.asp?title=Press+Releases&url=pressReleaseDetail.asp&ID=793.