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Oregon traffic stop leads to $2.3 million in meth and cocaine, two arrests

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Evidence photo of meth and cocaine seized in traffic stop on Highway 97. (Photo: Oregon State Police) Evidence photo of meth and cocaine seized in traffic stop on Highway 97. (Photo: Oregon State Police)
Evidence photo of meth and cocaine seized in traffic stop on Highway 97. (Photo: Oregon State Police) Evidence photo of meth and cocaine seized in traffic stop on Highway 97. (Photo: Oregon State Police)
Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio, Alberto Alejandro Martinez (jail booking photos) Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio, Alberto Alejandro Martinez (jail booking photos)
BIGGS JUNCTION, OR (KPTV) -

A traffic stop on Highway 97 in Sherman County led to the seizure of $2.3 million worth of methamphetamine and cocaine.

An Oregon State Police trooper stopped a 2008 Dodge Caravan near Milepost 16 south of Biggs Junction for a traffic violation at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

When a passenger in the vehicle opened the glove box, the trooper quickly spotted a handgun.

Both the driver and passenger were taken into custody for not having a concealed weapons permit, according to investigators.

Police said a subsequent search of the van led to the discovery of 25 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of meth.

The driver, Alberto Alejandro Martinez, 32, of Moses Lake, Washington, and the passenger, Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio, 31, of Royal City, Washington, were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail for multiple federal drug and firearms charges.

Detectives said Monday the estimated street value of the seized drugs is more than $2.3 million.

"This is one of the more significant recent seizures of illegal drugs in transport by the Oregon State Police," an OSP release states. "It is believed that seizures such as this have the capability to make an immediate impact in the safety of numerous communities throughout the northwest."

The Oregon State Police Patrol Division was assisted by the Portland Police Bureau, the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Police said the investigation is ongoing with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations-U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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