Oregon police stop Kirkland woman, find five pounds of marijuana
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
December 6, 2011 · 10:47 AM
A Kirkland woman was arrested Monday night just outside of Salem, Ore. after Oregon State Police (OSP) pulled her car over and found approximately five pounds of marijuana in her trunk.
The 37-year-old woman was also found to have a small amount of cocaine in a backpack. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation into the case.
"We've been pretty successful in the last few years (with finding illegal drugs)," said OSP spokesperson Lieutenant Gregg Hastings. "This is actually a relatively small amount for us."
The stop occurred around 11 p.m. as the woman drove northbound on Interstate 5.
An OSP trooper stopped the 2002 Mercury Sable displaying Washington license plates near milepost 253 for a traffic violation.
"She was stopped for following too close," said Hastings.
The marijuana, estimated at a value of $12,500, was found in a suitcase in the car's trunk, according to the OSP.
The woman was arrested without incident and booked into the Marion County Jail for unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance - marijuana, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance - cocaine.Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.