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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Approximately 11 lbs of Marijuana, Two Arrests near Molalla
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Two southern Oregon residents were arrested Wednesday morning during a traffic stop near Molalla when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper discovered approximately 11 pounds of fresh marijuana plant material and dried marijuana in their vehicle. An OSP Drug Enforcement Section detective is continuing the investigation.
On September 21, 2011 at approximately 8:40 a.m. an OSP senior trooper stopped a 1987 Subaru hatchback displaying Oregon license plates southbound on Highway 213 near milepost 11 for an expired vehicle license plate violation. The two occupants were identified as driver VAN ARTHUR BIVENS, age 21, from Rogue River, and passenger TRAVIS B. COX, age 25, from White City.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 11 pounds of dried and fresh marijuana in the back of the vehicle. The marijuana was inside a large garbage bag concealed in a rear stereo speaker box. The estimated value is to be determined.
Both men were arrested without incident. COX initially provided a false name but was later positively identified. COX was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:
  • Parole Violation (detention warrant)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
  • Identity Theft
  • Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer
BIVENS was lodged on the following charges:
  • Probation Violation (detention warrant)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana