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Traffic stop leads to seizure of drugs, guns

by: Contributed photo Investigators found a kilo, or 2.2 pounds of cocaine, two handguns, one of which was stolen out of Portland, and reportedly confiscated several fake and forged identification documents during a search of a home in East County.

A traffic stop involving two outer Southeast Portland men turned into a discovery of a kilo of cocaine, guns and forged documents.

Acting on a tip, members of the Multnomah County Special Investigations Unit stopped a car at about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, near Northeast 79th Avenue and Killingsworth Street and questioned the driver and passenger.

Ellie, a police dog, sniffed out small amounts of cocaine hidden under the vehicle's passenger seat, said Lt. Steve Alexander, sheriff's office spokesman.

So investigators went to their home, in the 15800 block of Southeast Washington Street, where they reportedly found a kilo, or 2.2 pounds of cocaine.

'The kilo was unique in that it was stamped with a logo similar to a brand name,' Alexander said.

The cocaine, which would've translated to about 4,000 street-level doses, was worth $100,000.

Police also found two handguns, one of which was stolen out of Portland, and reportedly confiscated several fake and forged identification documents, Alexander said.

Jorge Antonio Vela, 29, and Jose Efrain Bautista Cetina, 38, both of Southeast Portland are being held on no-bail immigration holds at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

Both also face allegations of first-degree theft, plus cocaine manufacturing, delivery and possession. Vela also is being held on two Multnomah County warrants for driving under the influence of intoxicants.