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OSP Traffic Contact Leads to 2 lbs. of Marijuana and Three Arrests in Bend Area
06/03/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic contact Tuesday evening south of Bend led to the arrest of two California men and the citing of a Bend-area man on marijuana-related charges. The initial contact led to the discovery of about 1 1/2 lbs. of marijuana which then led to a Tumalo residence and an additional half-pound of marijuana.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Chris Seber, on June 2, 2009 at approximately 7:30 p.m. an OSP trooper observed two traffic violations (speed and signal use violations) southbound on Highway 97 south of Bend near milepost 145 involving a 1995 GMC Jimmy sport utility vehicle displaying California license plates. Before the trooper could initiate a traffic stop on the highway the GMC turned into the entrance to the High Desert Museum. After the GMC stopped at a gate on the museum's access road, the trooper contacted the two occupants identified as driver LEONARD GORDON HELM, age 54, and passenger MICHAEL DENNIS VICKERS, age 35, both from Nevada City, California.
 
Subsequent investigation during the contact led to the discovery of approximately 1 1/2 lbs. of marijuana inside a box in the rear of the vehicle. An OSP drug detection canine assisted with finding the marijuana.
 
HELM and VICKERS were both lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Marijuana.
 
Information developed during the stop led to a Tumalo-area residence in the 20000 block of Swalley Road where troopers believe the vehicle and two suspects had left from prior to contact with OSP. Troopers contacted BILLY DON HENRY JR., age 51, and were invited into the residence. When troopers advised HENRY of their investigation he was cooperative, leading to seizure of an additional approximate half-pound of marijuana and other evidence from the residence.
 
HENRY was cited to appear in Deschutes County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.