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Truck Driver Arrested When Inspection Finds Marijuana Plants, Hashish, and Urine Falsifying Kit
04/09/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A commercial truck driver was arrested Wednesday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) during "Operation Trucker Check 16" when troopers discovered he was in possession of marijuana plants, hashish, and a kit used for falsifying a urine test.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Dave MacKenzie, on April 8, 2009 at approximately 10:51 p.m. Senior Trooper Dianne Hansell contacted a commercial vehicle at the Woodburn Port of Entry to conduct a vehicle inspection during the 72-hour "Operation Trucker Check". While in contact with the operator, PHILLIP C. MATTOON, age 53, from El Paso, Texas, the trooper, assisted by Drug Recognition Experts, determined he was in possession of four marijuana plants, user quantities of marijuana and hashish, and a kit used for falsifying a urine test.
 
MATTOON, who was driving for Complete Distribution Services Inc. out of El Paso, was taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Jail. Charges include:
  • Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle While in Possession of Marijuana
  • Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle While in Possession of Hashish
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
  • Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
  • Falsifying a Drug Test Result
 
"Operation Trucker Check", a 72-hour interagency police and motor carrier operation, began at 12:01 a.m., April 7th, and runs through 11:59 p.m., April 9th, with police officers and truck inspectors working with Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) and K9 officers targeting operator impairment, vehicle safety, and potential criminal activity related to commercial vehicle operations.
More information about the operation is available on our website.