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Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 20 Kilos of Cocaine and One Arrest near Woodburn
03/05/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested one person Tuesday after they discovered 20 kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop hidden in a sport utility vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 south of Woodburn. The approximate 44 pounds of cocaine has an estimated value of $400,000, and OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing the investigation.
 
On March 4, 2008 at approximately 11:38 a.m. an OSP trooper accompanied by a drug detection canine stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 268 for speed, lane change, and tinted window violations. During the contact the driver was identified as SABAS RIOS RUIZ, age 25, from Clackamas. RIOS RUIZ consented to the trooper's request to search the vehicle.
 
During the search, the drug detection canine helped locate 20 kilos of cocaine in a sophisticated rear false compartment of the Chevrolet Tahoe.
 
RIOS RUIZ was taken into custody and subsequently lodged in Marion County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail on the following charges:
  • Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance – Cocaine
 
OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing the investigation. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau have been assisting with the follow up investigation.
 
This is the third major cocaine seizure by Oregon State Police troopers reported during traffic stops since October 2007. The following are brief reviews of the previous two cases:
  • On October 19, 2007 at approximately 3:09 p.m. two Oregon State Police troopers, one with a drug detection canine, working traffic enforcement along Interstate 5 north of Salem saw a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle with Washington license plates having difficulty maintaining a single lane of travel. The troopers stopped the vehicle with three occupants northbound near milepost 271 at the bottom of the off ramp to Woodburn. Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing an investigation following the arrest of three men transporting 21 kilos of Cocaine and two pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Estimated value of the seized drugs is $500,000.
  • On January 19, 2008 at approximately 12:20 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2005 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle displaying out-of-state license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 253 for speed and lane change violations. During contact with the lone occupant, a 26-year old male, the trooper subsequently found 31 kilos of cocaine in a false compartment located in the rear cargo area. The approximately 66 pounds of cocaine has an estimated value of $600,000.