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OSP: K9 helps trooper with meth bust on I-5 near Ashland

Troopers with Oregon State Police seized more than 8 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop along I-5 near Ashland on Thursday, according to the agency.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 1:04 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 1:07 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Troopers with Oregon State Police seized more than 8 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop along I-5 near Ashland on Thursday, according to the agency.

Just after 9 p.m., a trooper from the Central Point Area Command pulled over the driver of a 2020 GMC Terrain SUV after they reportedly failed to use a turn signal "on multiple occasions" along I-5 near Exit 19.

OSP said that drug detection K-9 "Jaxson" alerted to the smell of controlled substances during the stop, prompting a probable cause search. During the search, troopers reportedly found about 8 pounds of meth concealed somewhere in the vehicle.

The officers also found 16 more grams of meth and drug paraphernalia elsewhere in the vehicle, according to OSP.

The driver was identified as 29-year-old Erica Rust of Salem, accompanied by 54-year-old Patricia Cardenas of Keizer. Both woman were lodged at the Jackson County Jail on Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine charges. Rust also had an outstanding warrant for Theft in the Second Degree from Marion County, OSP said.

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