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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 5 lbs. Marijuana, One Arrest in Clackamas Area
06/21/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper arrested a Walla Walla, Washington man early Sunday morning during a Clackamas-area traffic stop after discovering approximately 5 lbs. of marijuana and a loaded handgun concealed in the vehicle.
 
According to OSP Lieutenant Jason Bledsoe, on June 20, 2010 at approximately 2:25 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 12 for speeding and failure to maintain a single lane of travel. Driver PISTEO P. KASALA, age 24, from Walla Walla, Washington was the lone occupant.
 
Subsequent investigation during the stop with the help of a Molalla Police Department drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 5 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. A loaded Glock handgun was also found concealed inside the car. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.
 
KASALA was arrested and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for:
  • Unlawful Possession and Distribution of Marijuana
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
 
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office also assisted during the stop. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.