A series of Oregon traffic stops have targeted vehicles that police believe to be transporting drugs, according to reports of major methamphetamine busts on Ashland highways. Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement detectives say they seized almost 30 pounds of methamphetamine from two drivers in one week in February. They said that they had been tracking specific people and vehicles that they believed to be linked to the methamphetamine trade between Oregon and California, specifically in the Rogue Valley.
Police say that they identified a particular vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Rogue, and began questioning the occupants when they pulled into a gas station for fuel. Police say that the two occupants agreed to a search of their car where police claim to have found 20 pounds of methamphetamine. The 36-year-old man and 35-year-old woman in the car were arrested and held on $500,000 bail and charged with a series of drug crimes related to alleged methamphetamine tracking. Police also said that they identified a 2020 GMC SUV that they believed to be part of a drug trafficking organization based in California. They followed the vehicle on I-5 and say that they saw the driver violate traffic laws.
After pulling over the vehicle, police say that the 59-year-old man driving the vehicle agreed to a search, and police reportedly found another 10 pounds of methamphetamine inside the SUV. It is not clear why the people in these cars would allegedly consent to a search despite the presence of large quantities of drugs.
Some people who are accused of drug offenses may deal with evidence that was improperly obtained by the police, including searches conducted without consent or unlawful forms of profiling. A criminal defense attorney may help people to protect their rights and work to prevent a damaging conviction.