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OSP Traffic Stop in August Leads to 40 lbs of Marijuana, Two Arrests in Eugene Area
09/07/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation following the late August arrest of two men after the discovery of approximately 40 lbs of marijuana concealed in a false bed of the pickup during a traffic stop in the Eugene area. Both men have been released pending a future appearance in Lane County Circuit Court.
 
On August 28, 2011 at 11:26 p.m. an OSP trooper working construction zone enforcement overtime in a highway work zone stopped a Chevrolet 1500 pickup displaying a Washington State trip permit northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 193 for a traffic violation. The pickup's two occupants were identified as driver GUADALUPE J. BARRON MAGANA, age 54, from Lathrop, California, and passenger VICTOR M. VALLADARES, age 43, from Vancouver, Washington.
 
Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 40 lbs of marijuana concealed inside a false bed of the pickup. Springfield Fire Department personnel assisted at the scene by cutting open the false bed to give troopers access to the hidden marijuana. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $100,000.
 
BARRON MAGANA and VALLADARES were arrested without further incident and lodged at the Lane County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, and Delivery of Marijuana.
 
According to the Lane County Sheriff's Office, both men have been released pending a future court appearance.