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Traffic stop yields drug bust

Three detained after police stop vehicle for switched tags

A longtime Newberg resident is in jail today after a routine traffic stop resulted in his and another’s arrest on drug charges Wednesday.

According to a release from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, officers were on patrol May 4 when they noticed a familiar man driving a vehicle that appeared to have switched tags.PHOTO COURTESY OF NEWBERG-DUNDEE POLICE DEPARTMENT - A traffic stop in Newberg Wednesday yielded a loaded 9-millimeter pistol, drugs and other materials.

“Someone swiped the year stickers off of another vehicle and put them on the vehicle that was stopped so it would look like the plates/registration were valid,” said NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki.

The officers stopped the 1996 Lincoln Town Car near the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets and approached, noticing that the driver and a passenger in the front seat were moving about the car.

“When the officer asked the driver to exit the vehicle,” the release said, “the driver reached under his shirt near his waistband and began to manipulate a large object. The officer told the driver to stop, but the driver refused.”

The driver, identified as 28-year-old Noe Martinez-Robles Jr., of McMinnville, was “removed from the vehicle and taken to the ground,” the release said. In the process of subduing Martinez-Robles officers reported that a large object, later identified as a fanny pack, fell onto the roadway and the man attempted to kick the pack under the vehicle.

“Neither occupants fought with officers,” Kosmicki said. “However, it is unusual that someone reaches for their waistband area during a stop. Not very smart.”

After Martinez-Robles was detained the officer also removed two passengers from the vehicle, identified as Destiny Jade Scott, 19, of Gaston, and Rhett Davis Grace, 18, of Newberg.

Upon further examination by the officers, the fanny pack yielded more than two ounces of methamphetamine with a street value of $1,500, a small quantity of LSD, a loaded 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol, syringes, cash, anabolic steroids, electronic scales, packaging materials and unidentified stolen property.

Martinez-Robles was charged with unlawful possession and delivery of meth and unlawful possession of weapons by certain felons. He was transported to the Yamhill County jail in McMinnville on bail set at $25,000.

Scott was charged with unlawful possession of meth and transported to the jail on $7,500 bail.

Grace was arrested on an outstanding warrants issued from Newberg Municipal Court for failure to appear. He was cited to appear and released at the scene. He is not facing any subsequent charges, the release said.