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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest, Seizure of 150 lbs. of Marijuana east of La Grande
Lieutenant Dave MacManiman
Oregon State Police - La Grande
Office: (541) 963-7175

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Oregon State Police seized approximately 150 pounds of Marijuana during a traffic stop Monday morning on Interstate 84 about six miles east of La Grande. A California man was arrested and the investigation is continuing.
On August 25, 2008 at approximately 9:30 a.m. an Oregon State Police trooper stopped a 1999 Ford F150 pickup displaying Washington license plates westbound Interstate 84 near milepost 269 for a lane change violation. Subsequent to the stop the trooper found approximately 150 pounds of Marijuana in the bed of the pickup which had a cover over it to conceal the load.
The lone occupant of the pickup, CRISTOBAL BARAJAS CARDENAS, age 26, from Ceres, California, was taken into custody and lodged in the Union County Correctional Facility for Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.
Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $450,000.00.
Other past notable Marijuana seizures involving Oregon State Police:
  • On May 10, 2008 an OSP trooper stopped a passenger car northbound on Highway 97 near Chemult and seized approximately 93 pounds of marijuana.
  • On May 8, 2007 an OSP trooper with a drug detection canine stopped a passenger car westbound on Interstate 84 near Pendleton and seized approximately 171 pounds.
  • On June 4, 2006 an OSP trooper stopped a pickup northbound on Interstate 5 near Central Point and seized approximately 200 pounds of marijuana.
  • On June 29, 2005 an OSP sergeant stopped a passenger car eastbound on Interstate 84 near Hood River and seized approximately 63 pounds of marijuana.
  • On April 4, 2005 an OSP trooper stopped a pickup southbound on Interstate 5 near Salem and seized approximately 323 pounds of marijuana.