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Traffic Stop Leads to 13 lbs. of Marijuana, Two Arrests south of Ashland
05/11/2009
Sergeant Mark Byrd
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6114 ext. 252

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, assisted by a narcotics detection canine, seized approximately 13 pounds of marijuana concealed in a vehicle during a Friday afternoon traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the Ashland area.
 
On May 8, 2009, at approximately 12 noon, OSP troopers stopped a 2009 Dodge Charger for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 11. Subsequent investigation during the stop led to the seizure of approximately 13 pounds of marijuana concealed in the vehicle. OSP was assisted at the scene by a Shady Cove police officer and his narcotics detection dog.
 
Troopers arrested the driver, RAYMOND E. CHANCE, age 27, from Longview, Washington, and passenger KEVIN DEAN CHRISTENSEN (aka: Christopherson), age 29, from Rainier, Oregon. Both were lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Manufacturing, and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.
 
CHANCE is still in custody at the jail. CHRISTENSEN reportedly bailed out over the weekend.
 
Estimated value of the seized marijuana was $35,000.