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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Over 13 lbs. of Cocaine, Two Arrests near Ashland
02/23/2010
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 776-6236 ext. 233

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early last Friday morning near Ashland led to the arrest of two people and subsequent seizure of over 13 pounds of cocaine.
 
On February 19, 2010 at approximately 4:40 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 13 for a speed violation.  The two occupants were identified as driver RUBEN RAMIREZ-VENTURA, age 24, from Renton, Washington, and female passenger MARISOL PEREZ-ALMONTE, age 28, from Seattle, Washington.
 
Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led to the seizure of 6 kilos of cocaine (approximately 13.2 lbs) concealed in the vehicle.  Estimated value of the seized cocaine is approximately $150,000.
 
Both occupants were taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance – Cocaine.  According to Jackson County Jail records, both individuals have Immigration and Customs Enforcement holds listed.
 
OSP troopers were assisted by OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives, DEA Task Force, and Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team.