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Traffic Stop South of Salem Yields Cash
04/19/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers seized approximately $40,000 cash Friday evening during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 south of Salem. Two people were detained but have not been charged as Drug Enforcement Section detectives continue to investigate.
 
On April 18, 2008 at approximately 9:10 p.m. an OSP trooper out of the Salem Area Command office stopped a 1997 Ford Explorer with two female occupants southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 235 for following too closely behind another vehicle. The vehicle was driven by a 32-year old female with a 35-year old female passenger, both from the Portland area.
 
During the stop and a subsequent search of the vehicle, the trooper found approximately $40,000 concealed in the interior. Both indicated they were unaware the money was in the vehicle which is registered to another person.
 
The cash was seized and both woman were released after questioning. Their names are not being released because they have not been arrested on any charges.
 
OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives will continue the investigation. An OSP drug detection canine assisted during the stop.