Suspected drug trafficker arrested after meth, fentanyl found during Salem traffic stop
SALEM, Ore. (KPTV) - A suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Salem after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a large amount of drugs.
On Sunday, at about 9:15 a.m., an Oregon State Police trooper stopped a car for a traffic violation on Interstate 5 near Salem. The trooper saw signs of criminal activity and asked for consent to search the vehicle. OSP said the driver, identified as 22-year-old Miguel Cruz-Barrales, denied consent but admitted to bringing in marijuana from California.
OSP says K-9 Titan was brought in and alerted to a large duffel bag in the trunk. Inside the bag, troopers found 51 pounds of methamphetamine, 31 pounds of powdered fentanyl, nine pounds of cocaine, and two pounds of heroin.
Cruz-Barrales was arrested and charged with possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office - District of Oregon said Cruz-Barrales made his first federal court appearance on Monday. He will remain in jail until further court proceedings.
No other details about the investigation have been released at this time.
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