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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Convicted Felon in Possession of Meth and Stolen Firearm - Highway 30 in Ontario
04/11/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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UPDATE - April 12, 2012: Follow up investigation led to the arrest of the vehicle's driver after a review of the trooper's in-car video showed the driver throwing a container out of a window as the passenger exited and became involved in a struggle with troopers. The container had methamphetamine inside when it was recovered for evidence. JESUSA CASTILLEJA, age 27, from Fruitland, Idaho was arrested by OSP and lodged in the Malheur County Jail for Tampering with Evidence and Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Tuesday morning in Ontario led to the arrest of a 29-year old convicted felon on numerous charges including possession of methamphetamine, possession of a stolen firearm, and resisting arrest.
 
On April 10, 2012 at approximately 1:10 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 1996 Cadillac displaying Idaho license plates for a traffic violation on Highway 30 near NE 4th Street in Ontario. The vehicle was driven by a 27-year old female and also occupied by passenger HUMBERTO MOISES RODRIGUEZ, age 29, from Ontario.
 
During the traffic stop the trooper discovered RODRIGUEZ, who was on post-prison supervision, was in possession of alcohol and a small amount of marijuana. Contact with his parole & probation officer confirmed a detainer would be authorized for his arrest. When the trooper attempted to take RODRIGUEZ into custody, he swung at the trooper as he resisted in an attempt to flee. With the help of an assisting trooper, RODRIGUEZ was taken into custody following a brief struggle.
 
Subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a 40 caliber handgun next to where RODRIGUEZ was seated. The handgun had previously been reported stolen to Ontario Police Department. While searching RODRIGUEZ subsequent to arrest, the trooper found over an ounce of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana on his person.
 
RODRIGUEZ was lodged in the Malheur County Jail on several charges including:
  • Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Firearm
  • Attempted Assault of a Public Safety Officer
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Parole Violation
 
The driver was not arrested. OSP Criminal Investigation Division and Drug Enforcement Section are continuing the investigation.
 
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