KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Oregon State Police seized pounds of narcotics after searching the vehicle of a driver on Highway 97 over the weekend, the agency said.
Shorly after 7 p.m. on Saturday, a trooper from the Klamath Falls Area Command stopped a vehicle for "failure to drive within its lane" north of Klamath Falls. According to OSP, the trooper noticed signs of criminal activity and got consent to search the vehicle.
The search uncovered 55.1 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.2 pounds of cocaine, and 1,027 grams of suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside the vehicle.
OSP identified the driver as 36-year-old Daniel Ponce Gonzalez of Yakima, Washington. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as 20-year-old Benjamin Madrigal Birrueta of Madera, California. Both men were lodged in the Klamath County Jail on charges for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Cocaine, Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Forged Instrument.
Agents from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations office in Medford and the Drug Enforcement Administration helped OSP with the investigation.