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OSP Traffic Stop leads to over 100 lbs. of Marijuana, One Arrest south of Klamath Falls
09/08/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A Labor Day holiday weekend traffic stop by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper about eleven miles south of Klamath Falls led to the arrest of a Yakima, Washington man after the trooper found approximately 104 lbs. of marijuana inside the vehicle. An OSP Drug Enforcement Section detective is continuing the investigation.
 
On September 5, 2010 at approximately 2:15 p.m. an OSP trooper was patrolling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 284 following a 1996 Ford Explorer displaying Washington license plates when the trooper saw the vehicle travel about 3 feet over the center line into the southbound lane. The trooper stopped the vehicle for failure to travel within a traffic lane and contacted the lone occupant/driver OSCAR DELACRUZ CRUZ, age 29, from Yakima, Washington.
 
Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 104 lbs. of marijuana inside three large bags located in the rear cargo area. The seized marijuana has an estimated value in excess of $250,000.
 
CRUZ was arrested and lodged at the Klamath County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacturing of Marijuana.
 
OSP traffic stops this summer have led to significant drug seizures including methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. This is the third OSP traffic stop during the last 90 days leading to arrests after troopers found 100 pounds or more of marijuana. The other two traffic stops were:
  • On August 7, 2010 at approximately 1:20 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Ford Expedition displaying California license plates for traffic violations northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 145 south of Rice Hill. Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop involved an OSP drug detection canine and led to the seizure of approximately 100 lbs. of marijuana in three large boxes with an estimated value of $250,000. A California man was arrested after he fled on foot and was overtaken by the trooper.
  • On July 20, 2010 at approximately 4:38 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2005 GMC pickup displaying California license plates for a speed violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 32. Subsequent investigation led to the seizure of approximately 102 lbs. of marijuana concealed under a blanket on the pickup's back seat with an estimated value in excess of $250,000. Two men, one from Washington and the other from California, were arrested.