Bust nets meth, several arrests
Oregon State Police troopers pulled over a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe south of Medford at milepost 18. During the stop, the troopers received consent to search the vehicle. Drug-detection dog Cookie was sent to the scene and "alerted" on the vehicle.
The search yielded 8.5 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of between $90,000 and $100,000, officials said. In addition, $12,000 in cash was confiscated by the troopers.
The Tahoe’s driver was identified as 27-year-old Bertoldo Orta-Garcia. The passengers were 45-year-old Jose Lopez-Vasquez and 25-year-old Feliz Pacheco.
They also were put on immigration holds.
Congrats to the Mail-Tribune for mentioning the immigration hold. I now see the much touted "buying power" that is attributed to Spanish-speaking immigrants. Places like Wells-Fargo are just itching to store $12,000 in drug money.
Also, does anyone care if these criminals had a drivers license? I think that it would be better if they didn't, that gurantees a search of the vehicle by the cops rather than relying on consent. How many drug busts have gotten away because the driver had a license? (and a trunk full of drugs)
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