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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 4 Arrests, 28 lbs. of Marijuana south of Pendleton
09/08/2009
Lieutenant Greg Sherman
Oregon State Police - Pendleton
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop south of Pendleton in late August led to the arrest of four men from Pasco, Washington and the seizure of approximately 28 pounds of marijuana from their vehicle. An ongoing investigation led to no more arrests.
 
On August 28, 2009 at approximately 11:50 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup displaying Washington license plates on Highway 395 near milepost 5 for a traffic violation. The pickup was driven by VICTOR RODRIGUEZ-MORFIN, age 19, with three other men all from Pasco, Washington. The passengers were identified as CESAR OROZCO-ARECHIGA, age 27; HUMBERTO VALENSIA JR., age 27; and, HUMBERTO VALENSIA SR., age 47.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 28 lbs. of marijuana in the bed of the pickup. Estimated value of the seized marijuana was about $75,000.
 
All four men were lodged in the Umatilla County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Manufacture and Deliver of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana. Once at the jail, ICE holds were placed on all four men.