OSP Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Ca. Man, Seizure Of 11 Lbs Of Meth Hwy 97 In Klamath Falls

11 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated value of $143,000 found inside vehicle

A California resident is facing charges in Klamath County following a Sunday morning Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop in Klamath Falls during which an OSP trooper discovered approximately 11 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.


According to Sergeant Patrick Trippett, on June 23, 2013, at approximately 9:14 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1991 Land Rover Discovery displaying Nevada license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 274 for a moving traffic violation.  The vehicle's single occupant was identified as JAMES E. GONZALEZ, age 25, from Norwalk, California.


Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover concealed inside the vehicle approximately 11 pounds of methamphetamine. The estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $143,000.

JAMES E. GONZALEZ, age 25, from Norwalk, California


GONZALEZ was lodged into the Klamath County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.


Methamphetamine Photograph - Oregon State Police

Gonzalez Photograph - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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