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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 55 lbs of Cocaine, One Arrest - Interstate 5 south of Ashland
07/24/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Tuesday morning led to the arrest of one California man and the seizure of (25) kilos of high-grade cocaine - approximately 55 pounds - on Interstate 5 south of Ashland. The seized cocaine has an estimated value of $875,000. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant David Beck, on July 24, 2012, at approximately 7:40 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped 2011 Nissan Altima displaying California license plates near milepost 12 for a traffic violation. The operator was identified as HIPOLITO CARRILLO, age 41, from Ontario, California.

A subsequent investigation related to the stop led to the discovery of twenty-five (25) individual sealed packages of cocaine concealed within the vehicle. An OSP drug detection canine was utilized during the stop.

CARRILLO was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance- Cocaine.

Two passengers, an elderly female and juvenile male, were released later and not arrested.