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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to over 10 lbs. of Marijuana, Approximately $33,000 Cash, Two Arrests near Redmond
10/21/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Two California man were arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) early Tuesday morning during a traffic stop near Redmond after over 10 1/2 lbs. of marijuana and approximately $33,000 cash were found concealed in the vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team are continuing the investigation.
 
According to OSP Lieutenant Carl Rhodes, on October 19, 2010 at approximately 8:00 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2008 Nissan Frontier pickup displaying California license plates southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 126 for failure to maintain a lane of travel. The vehicle had two occupants identified as driver TICMIL ASHLEY, age 28, from Hoopa, California and GREGORY DONOFIRO, age 37, from Weitch, California.
 
Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 10 1/2 lbs. of marijuana and approximately $33,000 cash transported with the vehicle. A Deschutes County Sheriff's Office drug detection canine assisted with the discovery of the marijuana with an estimated value of $30,000.
 
DONOFIRO was arrested for:
  • Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Marijuana
  • Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
  • Money Laundering
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
 
ASHLEY was arrested for:
  • Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Marijuana
  • Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
 
Both men have pending court dates in Deschutes County Circuit Court.