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Two OSP Southern Oregon Traffic Stops Lead to Marijuana, Arrests
09/01/2009
Lieutenant Darin Lux
Criminal Investigations Division
(541) 776-6114

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Two recent traffic stops 2 days apart by Oregon State Police troopers in southern Oregon on Interstate 5 netted nearly 170 pounds of marijuana and four arrests. The first incident led to arrest of two California residents and the second involved two Washington residents.
 
In the first incident, on August 29, 2009 at approximately 1:55 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2005 Dodge Caravan displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 16 for a traffic violation. During the stop the trooper identified the driver as JUANA MORENO, age 36, from Chula Vista, California and the passenger as ROBERTO MIRANDA-PALACIOS, age 26, from San Diego, California.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to discovery of approximately 106 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle with an estimated value in excess of $300,000. OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives assisted with the follow up investigation.
 
Both individuals were arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.
 
In the second incident on September 1, 2009 an OSP trooper stopped a 1990 Nissan Maxima displaying Washington license plates at approximately 10:24 a.m. northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 60 for a traffic violation. During the stop the trooper identified the driver as JOSE AMEZCUA-DIAZ, age 29, from Yakima, Washington, and the passenger as GUADALUPE RAMOS MEDINA, age 34, from Grandview, Washington.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 62 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle with an estimated value of nearly $200,000.
 
Detectives from the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team are assisting with the follow up investigation.
 
Both individuals were arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.