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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 95 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Wyoming Man east of Burns
05/26/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Tuesday led the arrest of a Wyoming man east of Burns, Oregon after approximately 95 pounds of marijuana was found concealed in the vehicle. The estimated value of the seized marijuana is $380,000.
 
On May 25, 2011 at approximately 12 noon, an OSP sergeant stopped a rented 2011 Chevrolet Traverse sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 20 near milepost 136 about four miles east of Burns. The lone occupant was identified as KEVIN HARTKA, age 30, from Wilson, Wyoming.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the help of a Harney County Sheriff's Office drug detection canine led to the discovery of 95 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. The marijuana was concealed in several large duffel bags and inside the nose of a kayak.
 
HARTKA was arrested without incident and taken to the Harney County Correctional Facility. He was lodged for Unlawful Delivery, Possession and Manufacture of Marijuana.