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Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 115 lbs. of Marijuana, One Arrest south of Ashland
10/23/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Pasco, Washington man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers Thursday morning when they discovered approximately 115 pounds of marijuana in a van during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 south of Ashland.
 
According to OSP Lieutenant Brian Powers, on October 23, 2008 at approximately 8:00 a.m. OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office stopped a 1997 Dodge van for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 11. Troopers identified the lone occupant as JESUS LOPEZ-RAMOS, age 53, from Pasco, Washington, and during contact noted an odor of marijuana coming from the van.
 
Subsequent to the stop, with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine troopers discovered approximately 115 pounds of marijuana inside the van. The seized marijuana has an estimated value of approximately $345,000.
 
LOPEZ-RAMOS was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution, and Manufacturing a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.
 
The investigation is continuing related to this stop.
 
Other past notable marijuana seizures involving Oregon State Police troopers during traffic stops:
  • On October 9, 2008 an OSP trooper stopped a passenger car northbound Interstate 5 south of Ashland and seized approximately 28 pounds of marijuana.
  • On August 25, 2008 an OSP trooper stopped a pickup westbound Interstate 84 near La Grande and seized approximately 150 pounds of marijuana.
  • On May 10, 2008 an OSP trooper stopped a passenger car northbound on Highway 97 near Chemult and seized approximately 93 pounds of marijuana.
  • On May 8, 2007 an OSP trooper with a drug detection canine stopped a passenger car westbound on Interstate 84 near Pendleton and seized approximately 171 pounds.
  • On June 4, 2006 an OSP trooper stopped a pickup northbound on Interstate 5 near Central Point and seized approximately 200 pounds of marijuana.
  • On June 29, 2005 an OSP sergeant stopped a passenger car eastbound on Interstate 84 near Hood River and seized approximately 63 pounds of marijuana.
  • On April 4, 2005 an OSP trooper stopped a pickup southbound on Interstate 5 near Salem and seized approximately 323 pounds of marijuana.