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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Over 5 lbs. of Marijuana north of Gold Beach
Sergeant Scott Punch
Oregon State Police - Gold Beach
(541) 247-6641 ext. 222

An Oregon State Police traffic stop last weekend led to the later discovery of over 5 lbs. of marijuana in the vehicle after it was seized and a search warrant obtained and executed four days later. One person was arrested and another cited in relation to this traffic stop.
On July 31, 2010 OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Johnson received a complaint of a vehicle suspected of recklessly endangering a highway worker in a work zone on Highway 101 north of Gold Beach. Shortly after the report, Sergeant Scott Punch spotted the black 1996 Honda Civic displaying California license plates at 11:25 a.m. and stopped it near milepost 327.
The driver, ALEX GABRIEL RUBIO, age 27, from Foster City, California was arrested for Recklessly Endangering a Highway Worker. A 24-year old male passenger was cited and released for Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana.
An overwhelming odor of marijuana was noted coming from the car. With the assistance of Brookings Police Officer Dustin Watson and his drug detection canine, Charger, the car was subsequently seized and impounded for application of a search warrant. After a Curry County Circuit Court judge signed and authorized the search warrant, it was served on August 4th and troopers found over 5 lbs. of marijuana, a small amount of hashish, and other evidence inside the car.
RUBIO is currently in custody at the Curry County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana and Hashish.
The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the OSP Drug Enforcement Section.  Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,000.