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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to over 3500 Oxycodone Pills, Loaded Handgun, and Arrest of Arkansas Man
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 776-6114

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop last Friday morning about 9 miles south of Medford led to the arrest of a Texarkana, Arkansas man following the seizure of over 3,500 Oxycodone pills and a loaded .45 caliber handgun. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 18, 2011 at approximately 9:50 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2011 Buick Enclave SUV displaying California plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 18 for a speed violation. The driver was identified as CHARLIE ANTHONY FRANKLIN JR., age 32, from Texarkana, Arkansas.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 3,500 Oxycodone pills and a loaded .45 caliber handgun concealed inside the vehicle's interior. Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic medication generally prescribed for pain relief. The estimated street value of the Oxycodone is $108,000.

FRANKLIN was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.