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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 2 lbs. of Marijuana, Arrest of California Man south of LaPine
12/07/2009
Sergeant Eric Brown
Oregon State Police - Bend
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An Oregon State Police trooper arrested a Yuba City, California man Saturday morning during a traffic stop on Highway 97 south of LaPine after discovering approximately 2 pounds of marijuana in the man's pickup bed.
 
On December 5, 2009 at approximately 10:43 a.m. OSP Trooper Rich Brannin stopped a 1985 Toyota pickup displaying California license plates on Highway 97 near milepost 178 for an equipment violation. Trooper Brannin contacted the nervous driver, identified as TIMOTHY BRIAN PHIPPS, age 27, from Yuba City, California, who subsequently told the trooper he had about 2 pounds of marijuana in the bed of the pickup.
 
A search of the pickup's bed led to the discovery of the marijuana as indicated by PHIPPS with an estimated value of about $5,000.
 
PHIPPS was arrested and lodged at Klamath County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.