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Police Make Largest-Ever Meth Bust in Douglas County

A canine unit sniffed out 74 pounds of methamphetamine, a “historical” amount.

Posted: Mar 19, 2018 11:13 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2018 11:18 AM

YONCALLA, Ore. — A traffic stop over the weekend turned into the biggest methamphetamine bust in Douglas County’s history, according to the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT). Police seized 74 pounds of methamphetamine on Saturday, March 17.

According to a statement, DINT was conducting an operation over the weekend when they stopped two individuals in a vehicle on I-5, near milepost 151. DINT employed a canine unit named Trapper, who was able to sniff out evidence of narcotics.

After searching the vehicle, DINT detectives found the narcotics. The approximately 74 pounds of meth translates to a street value of more than $370,000, according to DINT, depending on how it was distributed. Selling the drugs in smaller quantities than a pound would net significantly more.

Two suspects, 30-year-old Israel Mercado-Mendoza of Creswell, Ore. and 33-year-old Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza of Los Angeles, Calif. were arrested in the bust and have been lodged in the Douglas County Jail. They have been charged for possession, delivery, and manufacture of methamphetamine.

An undisclosed amount of cash and the suspects’ vehicle were also seized in the bust.

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