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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Sweet Home Man; Seizure of Drugs, Firearms and Stolen Property
Sergeant Dale Young
Oregon State Police - Salem
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An Oregon State Police traffic stop followed by an investigation involving detectives from the OSP Drug Enforcement (DES) and Criminal Investigations Division sections (DES), with the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Office and Sweet Home Police Department, has led to the arrest of a Sweet Home-area man on multiple drug and theft charges, as well as the recovery of multiple firearms at his home. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.
On October 28, 2009 at approximately 8:20 a.m. OSP Major Richard Evans was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 266 in an unmarked OSP vehicle when he stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado for driving recklessly at speeds exceeding 100 mph. During contact with the driver, identified as JUSTIN EDWARD EGNER, age 34, from Sweet Home, it was learned he was wanted on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants out of Linn County.
After also seeing an SKS-style rifle tucked between the front passenger seat and the center console, Major Evans requested additional OSP assistance. An OSP senior trooper and recruit trooper arrived to assist and EGNER was arrested without incident for the two outstanding warrants. He was later lodged in Marion County Jail.
Subsequent investigation and search warrants revealed inside the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado were ten (10) firearms, including three (3) loaded handguns and several guns that were confirmed stolen. Troopers also found small amounts of cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, over $7800.00 in cash, other evidence and miscellaneous stolen property.
With the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Office and Sweet Home Police Department, OSP DES detectives and troopers executed a search warrant at EGNER's Sweet Home residence where they found twenty-five (25) additional firearms, including several more stolen guns, and additional stolen property including a gun safe, cocaine, and over 1 1/2 lbs. of marijuana.
EGNER was transferred to Linn County jail on his outstanding warrants and also charged with:
  • Possession of Controlled Substance – Cocaine
  • Possession of Controlled Substance – Marijuana
  • Theft by Receiving (3 counts)
  • Reckless Driving
He was also cited for Driving While Suspended, Exceeding the Speed Limit – 100 mph in 65 mph speed zone, and Driving Uninsured.
Additional charges are pending.