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Traffic Stop Leads to 30 Kilos of Cocaine, Two Arrests - Interstate 5 North of Sutherlin
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police, assisted by the Douglas County Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT), seized 30 kilos of Cocaine Wednesday morning following a traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Sutherlin. Two Washington State men were arrested and the investigation is continuing.
On August 20, 2008 at approximately 10:04 a.m. an Oregon State Police senior trooper stopped a 2007 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 140 for following too close and other hazardous traffic offenses. Subsequent to the stop, approximately 65 pounds of Cocaine was found in hidden compartments inside the car and the two occupants were taken into custody without incident.
The two individuals are identified as driver CRISTIAN ESCALANTE-CASTANEDA, age 25, and passenger ALFONSO GARCIA-CASTANEDA, age 28, both from Seattle, Washington. The two men were lodged in Douglas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine.
"Winston", a DINT drug detection canine, assisted during the investigation and seizure of the cocaine that has an estimated value of approximately $600,000.
Investigation is continuing. Detectives have requested no mugshot photographs be released due to the ongoing investigation.