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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest, Seizure of Over 16 lbs. of Marijuana south of Klamath Falls
07/14/2008
Lieutenant Steve Nork
Oregon State Police - Klamath Falls
Office: (541) 883-5713

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a California man last Thursday during a traffic stop on Highway 97 about five miles south of Klamath Falls when he was found in possession of over 16 pounds of marijuana.
 
According to OSP Lieutenant Steve Nork, on July 10, 2008 at approximately 9:55 a.m. an OSP trooper driving southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 280 observed a 2003 Honda Civic two-door displaying California license plates nearly drive off the highway. The trooper turned around and stopped the car driven by STEPHEN JAMES BRIDGES, age 44, from Lafayette, California.
 
Subsequent investigation during the stop led to the discovery of approximately 16 1/2 pounds of marijuana in two bags inside the car. An OSP drug detection canine helped during the stop.
 
BRIDGES was taken into custody and lodged at Klamath County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture, Possession, and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.
 
Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $68,000.