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Traffic Stop Leads to 1.5 lbs. of Crystal Meth, Two Arrests - Interstate 5 / Ashland
06/10/2008
Lieutenant Brian Powers
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6236 ext. 233

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested two California men Monday when a traffic stop south of Ashland led to the seizure of approximately 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
 
On June 9, 2008 at approximately 9:00 a.m. an OSP recruit trooper stopped a 2007 Chrysler sport utility vehicle displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 18 for a traffic violation. Subsequent inquiry and investigation during the stop led to the discovery of approximately 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in a hidden compartment. An OSP trooper and drug dog assisted during the investigation.
 
Both men were taken into custody and lodged in Jackson County Jail for Possession, Distribution, and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine. They are identified as driver MIGUEL RAMIREZ-VELAZQUEZ, age 27, from Fontana, California, and passenger EMANUEL ARIAS-CHAVARIN, age 24, from Sunnyvale, California.
 
OSP Drug Enforcement Section estimates the value of the seized crystal methamphetamine is $30,000.
 
The investigation is continuing and no further information is being released.