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OSP Traffic Stops Lead Drug Detectives to Make Arrests in Mid-Columbia Area
Lieutenant Patrick Ashmore
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646

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Two Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stops a week apart on Interstate 84 near The Dalles led mid-Columbia area drug detectives to numerous suspects and the seizure of methamphetamine and marijuana.
"These are great examples of how even one traffic stop can have far reaching effects and make a big impact on safety in our local community", said Lieutenant Patrick Ashmore, Area Commander at the OSP The Dalles office.
On March 11, 2009 OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command Office made a traffic stop on Interstate 84 that led to the discovery of 1/4 oz. of methamphetamine destined for The Dalles. Charges against the 44-year old driver from Dallesport, Washington are pending. Information developed during the stop was followed up on by detectives assigned to the Mid Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) and resulted in seven additional drug arrests and another person taken into custody on an arrest warrant.
A second traffic stop one week later on March 18th by The Dalles-area troopers on Interstate 84 led to the discovery of 1.5 oz. of methamphetamine destined for The Dalles. The driver, DANIEL O. CUSICK, age 35, from Portland, was cited for Driving While Suspended, Unlawful Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana, and two other traffic violations. Drug-related charges are pending following review by the Wasco County District Attorney's Office. 

Information developed during the second traffic stop led MINT detectives to arrest NANETTE STEPHENSON, age 46, from The Dalles, after she attempted to purchase methamphetamine. STEPHENSON was lodged in Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR).
The MINT team is comprised of members from the Oregon State Police, Sherman County Sheriff's Office, City of The Dalles Police Department, Hood River County Sheriff's Office and the Hood River City Police Department.

Anyone who has any additional information can reach the MINT team at (541) 296-1885.