Oregon State Police makes drug trafficking bust near Ashland

Troopers seize 65 pounds of suspected cocaine during the stop and search, according to Oregon State Police.

Posted: Mar 26, 2021 9:23 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2021 10:59 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police troopers seized roughly 65 pounds of suspected cocaine during a traffic stop and search on I-5 near Ashland earlier this week.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, a Senior Trooper from OSP's Central Point Area Command stopped the driver of a 2021 Ford Explorer for following too close on I-5 northbound near milepost 16, according to the agency.

"During the traffic stop, the Senior Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity and a consent search was conducted," OSP said.

While searching the vehicle, the trooper reportedly found dozens of packaged bricks, believed to contain cocaine, hidden in crevices on the Explorer's rear doors.

OSP identified the driver as 52-year-old Gerardo Avila Soriano of South Gate, California. He was arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail on charges for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of Cocaine.

Troopers were assisted by special agents from the Homeland Security Investigations office in Medford.

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