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OSP Traffic Stop Uncovers Stolen Merchandise Enroute to Mexico
10/28/2008
Sergeant David Beck
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6114 ext. 243

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested two men Tuesday morning when a speed-related traffic stop uncovered approximately $3,000 of new merchandise believed to be stolen and in the process of being transported to Mexico to be sold.
 
On October 28, 2008 at approximately 5:48 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Greg Costanzo stopped a 1997 Ford Explorer displaying Mexico license plates southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 17 for a speed violation. Subsequent investigation during the stop with the assistance of Recruit Jessica Stotler led the troopers to find approximately $3,000 of stolen merchandise including household items, video games, clothes, dolls and diapers. Most of the items still had store price tags and other identifiers to help contact merchants in the northern Willamette Valley area for verifying the property was stolen.
 
Driver JOSE CASTELO-NUNEZ, age 24, and BLAS ENRIQUE SANCHEZ-VERDUGO, age 37, both from Mexico, were arrested and lodged in Jackson County Jail for Theft in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree by Receiving.