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Police discover drugs in pickup

During traffic stop

by: Submitted photo - About 10 pounds of marijuana was seized during a traffic stop Sept. 29.


   An Idaho man is facing multiple drug-related charges after a Thursday afternoon Oregon State Police traffic stop north of Madras led to the seizure of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.
   Seth Anthony Mitchell, 22, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful manufacture, possession and distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) on Sept. 29.
   According to Lt. Carl Rhodes, at about 12:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2004 Ford F150 pickup for a traffic violation on U.S. Highway 97 near milepost 78.
   Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to the discovery of the drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone. The trooper arrested the driver, Mitchell, and lodged him in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
   The pickup was seized and OSP obtained a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation. When troopers searched the pickup, approximately 10 pounds of marijuana was found concealed inside, which led to the additional charges.
   The marijuana had an estimated street value of $25,000. The seizure was the second in Jefferson County in just over a week. On Sept. 1, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team discovered 13 pounds of marijuana, and 35 pounds of methamphetamine, on a commercial bus that stopped in Madras.
   The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation into the Sept. 29 incident.