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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 70 lbs. of Marijuana, One Arrest near Grants Pass
11/23/2010
Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Oregon State Police - Grants Pass
(541) 955-6372

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An Oregon State Police traffic stop last Saturday near Grants Pass led to the arrest of a North Carolina fugitive and the seizure of approximately 70 pounds of marijuana and cash. The investigation is being continued by the Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section and the interagency Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team.
 
On November 20, 2010 at approximately 5:12 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2006 Lexus four-door displaying Oklahoma license plates on Highway 238 for failure to drive within a lane of travel. The driver, JASON BRIAN BUNCH, age 37, from Williams, Oregon was identified as being a fugitive wanted on a felony North Carolina warrant for Producing and Manufacturing Marijuana.
 
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 70 pounds of marijuana inside the car. The seized marijuana's estimated value is $175,000. BUNCH was also found to possess over $6,000 cash and a small amount of cocaine.
 
BUNCH was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:
  • Fugitive From Justice (North Carolina warrant)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
  • Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
  • Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine