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Suitcase contains $1.5 million of meth

Police seize 31 pounds of drugs from trunk of car, arrest one


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Nestor Catarino Zazueta-ValenzuelaPolice seized a suitcase containing 31 pounds of methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop Friday at a freeway exit near Troutdale, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, spokesman at the Portland Police Bureau.

Nestor Catarino Zazueta-Valenzuela, 36, was arrested and charged with distribution and possession of methamphetamine. Two other passengers in the car were released without charges, Simpson said.

At 3:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, police received consent to search a car they pulled over at Exit 18 on westbound Interstate 84, Simpson said.

After a drug dog, Nikko, sniffed out a large suitcase in the trunk, all three occupants in the car allegedly denied owning it, police said.

Investigators obtained a search warrant.

Upon opening the bag, they found 31 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of nearly $1.5 million, Simpson said.

Zazueta-Valenzuela was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and was scheduled for arraignment on Monday, Jan. 27.



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