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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 5 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Kirkland, Washington Woman
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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Oregon State Police
Marion County Sheriff's Office
An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop Monday night on Interstate 5 in the Salem area led to the arrest of a Kirkland, Washington woman after approximately 5 lbs of marijuana and a small amount of cocaine were found inside the vehicle she was driving. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.
On December 5, 2011 at approximately 11:12 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2002 Mercury Sable displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 253 for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as MARI LUZ DURAN, age 37, from Kirkland, Washington.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 5 lbs of marijuana inside a suitcase in the car's trunk. Additionally, a small amount of cocaine was found in a backpack. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $12,500.
DURAN was arrested without incident and lodged in the Marion County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine.