Sunday, January 15, 2006

Now I see where they get their "buying power"

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)

Hat Tip: Allen of Salem for the email

9 comments:

MAX Redline said...

Well, they certainly do have "buying power" with that kind of cash.

I tell ya, when my lawnmower crapped out a year or so back, I went on down to Lowes to get a new one - they're fairly close by. Today, I needed a pvc elbow pipe, so I went in again. And promptly back out.

They had huge banners hanging in every aisle, printed in English at the top and in equally large letters, Spanish at the bottom.

I didn't see one banner in English/Korean, or English/Russian. For a second there, I thought I'd been teleported to Quebec. But that's French, not Spanish.

Daniel said...

Fill out one of those "customer satisfaction" cards.

Either that or claim you are Irish or French and that you feel discriminated against. Get loud. Stand in the middle of the store and call the manager a racist. Don't forget an accent...

Anonymous said...

Max,

You can aleays try buying from your "Helpful Hardware Man" as I recall he spoke English.

Now, where was his store anyway.

Press #2 for English

Sue K. said...

Yeah, for Cookie!!! I think Cookie deserves some extra treats!! I do feel sorry for the illegal aliens that were arrested, though. Now their families back in Mexico won't be getting the cash........NOT!! Yes, I think it is important that these drug runners have a valid driver's license and liability insurance. (ha, ha!) Do you really think that if they are in our country illegally, are running huge amounts of drugs and who knows what else, that they really care if they have a valid license and insurance? What a joke.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they were the sacrifice players and were used to detract the PD while the Big load slips through.

It happens.

Jim in KFalls said...

One interesting note Daniel, the local television stations failed to mention the immigration hold information. The first thing I asked last night watching the report was if they were illegals or not...

So Double Kudo's to the Mail Tribune for reporting that fact!

Tony said...

Kudos to Cookie. Here's an article on him:

http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2005/0217/local/stories/05local.htm

And Kudos to the Mail Trib for reporting that they were illegals.

Tony said...

But I think the more interesting question is...

Did they have valid Oregon drivers licenses courtesy of Senor Robleto?

Me said...

Tennessee has a nice new program, where they have a meth registry (similar to the more well known Sex Offender registry).

I think this is an excellent idea, though the meth cookers are not so sure...

"If you would like to have your name removed from this list, click here"

http://www.tennesseeanytime.org/methor/