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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 143 lbs. of Ecstasy - Interstate 5 near Wilsonville
11/12/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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In what is believed to be the largest known ecstasy seizure during an Oregon traffic stop, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers seized approximately 143 pounds of ecstasy Saturday afternoon from a vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville. One person was arrested and OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing the investigation.
 
On November 8, 2008 at approximately 12:05 p.m., OSP troopers stopped a 1996 Ford Thunderbird displaying Washington license plates for a traffic violation. The lone occupant of the car was identified as PEDRO MOYA GONZALEZ, age 55, from California. Subsequent investigation during the stop with the assistance of a Washington County Sheriff's Office drug detection canine led to the discovery of an estimated 250,000 ecstasy tablets concealed in the car's interior worth approximately $2 million.
 
Ecstasy is the street name for the drug MDMA.
 
MOYA GONZALEZ was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
 
Other past notable ecstasy seizures by OSP during traffic stops:
  • On November 8, 2005 approximately 40 pounds of ecstasy was seized during a traffic stop southbound Interstate 5 south of Grants Pass.
  • On February 28, 2005 approximately 6.5 pounds of ecstasy was seized during a traffic stop southbound Interstate 5 south of Salem.
  • On January 31, 2007 approximately 2,000 ecstasy tablets and nearly $16,000 cash was seized during a traffic stop westbound Interstate 84 west of Pendleton.