Four pounds of crystal meth cache nabbed on I-84

An Oregon State Police traffic stop last Thursday led to the arrest of a Pasco, Wash., man after an OSP drug detection canine and trooper discovered more than 4 pounds of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a vehicle along Interstate 84 in Hood River.

On Jan. 24, at approximately 3:05 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada displaying Washington license plates for a traffic violation westbound I-84 near milepost 62. The vehicle’s driver was identified as Omar Huerta-Garcia, 29, from Pasco.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper, with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine, to discover 2 kilos — approximately 4.4 pounds — of crystal methamphetamine concealed in the vehicle.

Estimated value of the seized drugs is $65,000.

Huerta-Garcia was taken into custody and lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility on charges of unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance — methamphetamine. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

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