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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 8,000 Oxycotin Tablets, One Arrest - Interstate 5 south of Ashland
Sergeant Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 776-6114 ext. 288

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A traffic stop by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers early Friday morning northbound on Interstate 5 in the Ashland area led to the arrest of a Tacoma Washington man following the discovery of approximately 8,000 tablets of Oxycontin. The man was lodged on drug-related charges at the Jackson County Jail.
On July 23, 2010 at about 6:20 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2010 Chevrolet Pickup, operated by CHARLES EDWARDS, age 52, from Tacoma, Washington, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 12 for a speed violation. During the traffic stop OSP troopers discovered approximately 8,000 tablets of Oxycontin concealed inside the vehicle. The Oxycontin has an estimated value of $660,000.
EDWARDS was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycontin)
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Oxycontin)
  • Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance II (Oxycontin)
OSP troopers were assisted in the investigation by detectives from the OSP Drug Enforcement Section and members from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing.