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Christmas Eve Traffic Stop Leads to 12 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of California Man - Interstate 5 near Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Christmas Eve evening traffic stop south of Salem led Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers to the discovery of approximately 12 pounds of marijuana and an arrest of a California man traveling with his two children. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.
On December 24, 2011 at approximately 6:58 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 249 for traveling 85 mph is a 65 mph speed zone. The driver was identified as GABRIEL GENE SHARP, age 31, from Cottonwood, California. SHARP was traveling with his two children, ages one and six, and another adult passenger.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led troopers to discover approximately 12 pounds of marijuana concealed in the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $30,000.
SHARP was taken into custody and lodged in the Marion County Jail for:
  • Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana
  • Two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
The children were released to the care of the adult passenger who was not charged.