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OSP Traffic Stop Near Ashland Leads Drug Seizures, 4 Arrests
Detective Jim Johnson
Drug Enforcement Section
(541) 955-6379

Three adults and one juvenile were arrested when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 4 lbs of methamphetamine.  The drug seizures occurred initially during the traffic stop and later at a second location near Grants Pass.
On September 14, 2011 an OSP trooper stopped a Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 10 for a traffic violation.  The vehicle was being driven by a 17-year old male with a female passenger identified as TRACY DeSANTIAGO, age 22, both from San Diego, California.  Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the trooper's discovery of approximately 2 lbs of methamphetamine inside the vehicle.
DeSANTIAGO was arrested and later cited to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.  The 17-year old juvenile male was detained at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Follow up investigation determined the methamphetamine was destined for a Grants Pass-area residence.  A detective assigned to the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team obtained a search warrant for a residence located at 7673 Williams Highway in Murphy.
Execution of the search warrant led to the discovery of nearly 2 more pounds of methamphetamine, ecstasy tablets, and other evidence.  Two more people were arrested identified as RICARDO GAYOSSO-HERNANDEZ, age 23, from Eureka, California, and EMILIO FLORES, age 37, from Murphy, Oregon.  FLORES was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:
  • Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
  • Using a Minor in a Controlled Substance Offense
  • Child Neglect in the First Degree
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Minor