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Marijuana, Multiple Arrests, Citations and Warnings During Highway 97 Interagency Effort
Lieutenant Pat Ashmore
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646

Oregon State Police troopers from The Dalles and Bend, with the assistance of two local county drug detection canines, wrapped up a successful one-day special enforcement operation last Friday targeting traffic safety violations while keeping an eye out for signs of criminal activity in the vehicles they had stopped. During one of the stops, a woman who was driving with her 4-month old child in the vehicle was arrested after officers found over a pound of marijuana in her vehicle.
On May 15, 2009, five OSP troopers and drug detection canines from Gilliam and Sherman counties conducted an enhanced traffic safety enforcement effort focusing on a nearly fifty mile stretch of Highway 97 south of Interstate 84. During the 7-hour operation troopers reported:
  • Issuing over 40 citations and 49 warnings, including 4 citations for Driving While Suspended and 20 speed-related citations
  • Six (6) felony arrests including Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (5 arrests) and Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (1 arrest)
  • One (1) felony arrest for Child Neglect in the First Degree when an adult female caring for a 4-month old child was stopped for a traffic violation and subsequently arrested after she was found in possession of approximately 1 1/2 lbs. of marijuana
  • A total of nearly 1/2 lb. of marijuana was also discovered and seized during other traffic stops
  • One (1) felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm arrest when the suspect was determined to be in possession of a semi-auto handgun
Lieutenant Pat Ashmore, OSP Area Commander in The Dalles, praised the work of the troopers and two canine teams. "This type of operation wouldn't have been as successful without the help from our two nearby county sheriff departments and the recently increased OSP office staffing with new recruit troopers. This was a great example of how having more eyes - and more noses - can help find criminal activity when you look beyond the ticket," said Ashmore.