In a recent series of operations, Oregon State Police (OSP) K-9 teams have made substantial drug seizures, underscoring their persistent efforts to combat the illegal drug trade in the state. The operations, which occurred in October 2023, resulted in the confiscation of six pounds of methamphetamine, two kilograms of cocaine, and 2.3 pounds of fentanyl powder.
The first incident took place on October 19, 2023, during a traffic stop in Linn County. An OSP K-9 alerted officers to the presence of drugs in a vehicle. Subsequent inspection of the vehicle revealed six pounds of methamphetamine and two kilograms of cocaine concealed within. The suspect, Ari Noel Quiroz Jimenez, was apprehended and faces charges of Attempted Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Attempted Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine. Jimenez was subsequently lodged at the Linn County Jail.
In another operation on October 26, also in Linn County, a vacuum-sealed package was discovered during a traffic stop. Inside the package was a compressed white powder stamped with the word “Versace.” Laboratory tests confirmed that the white powder was, in fact, fentanyl. The driver, Luis A. Duran, was taken into custody and is now facing charges of attempted delivery and possession of fentanyl.
These seizures highlight the continued dedication of OSP interdiction teams in disrupting the flow of illegal drugs, particularly along the I-5 corridor in the Willamette Valley.
Oregon State Police take this opportunity to remind the public of the grave dangers associated with illicit drug use. Illicit drug use remains the leading cause of injury deaths in the state. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use or is in crisis, help is readily available. You can call or text “988” or visit 988lifeline.org for free and confidential support, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law