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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of Nearly 16 lbs of Hashish, Over 12 lbs of Marijuana, and Arrest of Utah Man near Klamath Falls
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A Utah man was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP) when a trooper discovered over 12 pounds of marijuana and nearly 16 pounds of hashish during a traffic stop on Highway 140E near Klamath Falls. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.
On February 21, 2012 at approximately 1:22 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2010 Nissan pickup displaying Utah license plates on Highway 140E near milepost 9 for a speed violation. The vehicle’s lone occupant was identified as WILLIAM JOSEPH RAY PATTON, age 33, from Ogden, Utah.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery of over 12 pounds of marijuana and nearly 16 pounds of hashish in the pickup’s bed. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $32,500. Estimated value of the seized hashish is $140,000. OSP was assisted during the stop by Klamath County Sheriff's Office.
PATTON was taken into custody and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance. According to Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, he was released today from the jail.