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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Vancouver, WA Man on Cocaine Charges
Sergeant Teresa Bowersox
Criminal Investigations Division
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
(541) 440-3349

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A Vancouver, Washington man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Tuesday afternoon at the OSP office on charges related to a traffic stop last Thursday on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg during which troopers later found one kilogram of cocaine.

According to OSP Sergeant Teresa Bowersox, the case began July 7, 2010 when at approximately 10:26 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2005 Dodge Stratus displaying Oregon license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 118 for failure to signal a lane change. The lone occupant of the vehicle was identified as JULIO JAVIER ESPEJO-SIERRA, age 24, from Vancouver, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the stop with the help of an OSP drug detection canine led troopers to seize the vehicle and obtain a search warrant. Execution of the search warrant later that day led to the discovery and seizure of one kilogram of cocaine located in a hidden compartment in the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized cocaine is approximately $25,000.
On July 13, 2010, ESPEJO-SIERRA came to the OSP Roseburg Area Command office in an attempt to retrieve his vehicle. When troopers attempted to arrest him on cocaine-related charges, he resisted and had to be physically restrained.
ESPEJO-SIERRA was not injured. He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Unlawful Possession of Cocaine, Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine, and Resisting Arrest. Douglas County Sheriff's Office jail website indicates an ICE hold was also placed on him.
The OSP Drug Enforcement Section assisted with the investigation.