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Two OSP Traffic Stops in Douglas County lead to 100 lbs. of Marijuana and 1/2 lb. of Cocaine
08/09/2010
Lieutenant Doug Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
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Two Oregon State Police (OSP) Roseburg Area Command office traffic stops since Friday morning on Interstate 5 in the Douglas County area led to the seizure of approximately 100 pounds of marijuana in one incident and a half pound of cocaine in the second incident. Three people remain in custody as OSP troopers and OSP Drug Enforcement Section continue investigating.
 
Incident #1:
 
On August 6, 2010 at approximately 9:20 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 1999 Dodge Durango displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 123 for traffic violations. The two occupants were identified as driver ARTURO CARDENAZ-LEAL, age 27, from Kennewick, Washington, and passenger SANDRA MARICELA ESCOBAR, age 19, from Pasco, Washington.
 
Initial subsequent investigation led the trooper to find a small amount of cocaine and packaging evidence. CARDENAZ-LEAL and ESCOBAR were both arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office jail website there is an ICE hold listed for CARDENAZ-LEAL.
 
The vehicle was seized and impounded pending application for a search warrant. On August 8, 2010 a search warrant was served on the impounded vehicle and approximately 1/2 lb. of cocaine was found hidden inside. An additional charge is pending related to the follow up investigation.
 
Incident #2:
 
On August 7, 2010 at approximately 1:20 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Ford Expedition displaying California license plates for traffic violations northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 145 south of Rice Hill. Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop involved an OSP drug detection canine. As the dog alerted on the vehicle's exterior, the driver fled on foot and was overtaken and arrested following a short chase.
 
When troopers searched inside the vehicle they found approximately 100 lbs. of marijuana in three large boxes in the rear compartment. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $250,000.
 
JUAN CARLOS ROCHA, age 28, from Corning, California was lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Manufacture and Distribution of Marijuana, and Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office jail website there is an ICE hold listed for ROCHA.