10/22/2007

Oregon police seize nearly 50 pounds of cocaine worth $500,000

The Associated Press
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SALEM, Ore. — A weekend traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Salem ended up in three arrests and the seizure of nearly 50 pounds of cocaine worth about $500,000.

Oregon State Police say two troopers and a drug detection dog made the bust after a sport utility vehicle was spotted driving erratically last Friday on the freeway near Woodburn.

When the troopers pulled over the SUV, the driver seemed "very nervous." The police dog found a hidden compartment during a search, and troopers found 46 pounds of cocaine and two pounds of crystal meth.

State troopers arrested the driver, 20-year-old Arturo Madrid-Suarez of Mount Vernon, Washington, and two California men.

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