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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 5 lbs. of Heroin, Three Arrests - Interstate 5 near Ashland
12/12/2009
Sergeant Jim Johnson
Oregon State Police
Drug Enforcement Section
(541) 955-6379

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Three people were arrested Friday evening near Ashland after an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop led to the seizure of approximately 5 pounds of heroin. An interagency investigation is continuing but no additional arrests have been made following the stop.
 
On December 11, 2009 at approximately 8:14 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2002 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven by JOLIE R. WHATLEY, age 38, from Vancouver, Washington, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 10 for a traffic violation. Two passengers in the vehicle were identified as SERGIO REYES-AVIZO, age 33, and LUIS CONTRERAS-MEZA, age 24, both from Portland.
 
Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led to the discovery of approximately 5 pounds of heroin concealed in the rear of the vehicle. A drug detection canine assisted with the discovery of the heroin which has an estimated value of $150,000.
 
All three people were taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Heroin. REYES-AVIZO and CONTRERAS-MEZA have ICE holds placed on them according to jail records.
 
The follow-up joint investigation involves OSP Drug Enforcement Section, Medford Area Drug & Gang Enforcement team (MADGE), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team.