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OSP Traffic Stop Near Bend Leads to 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of Two Kennewick, Washington Men
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Monday morning near Bend led to the arrest of two Kennewick, Washington men after troopers discovered approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle. OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are continuing the investigation.

On December 5, 2011 at approximately 12:01 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 1998 Nissan Maxima displaying Washington license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 142 for a traffic violation. The car's two occupants were identified as driver JOSE MARCOS MIRANDA GARCIA, age 33, and passenger JUAN MANUEL PALAFOX CORTES, age 35, both from Kennewick, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside a speaker box in the car's trunk. A small amount of cocaine was also found in the car. Estimated value of the methamphetamine is $40,000.

MIRANDA GARCIA and PALAFOX CORTES were both arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Unlawful Manufacture, Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine.