Police claim drugs found in a truck, arrest driver
Drug charges are serious offenses, not just in Portland, Oregon, but throughout the United States. Anyone caught using, selling, distributing or manufacturing prohibited substances is likely to face serious charges. The type of charges will depend on the kind of drug seized and the quantity.
Recently, a 53-year-old truck driver was arrested on multiple drug charges after police officers discovered huge quantities of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine concealed among pallets of bell peppers.
Sherman County police officers arrived at the scene on Highway 97 and initially assisted the truck driver whose semi-tractor trailer rolled over into a ditch. According to federal filings, police officers dropped the trucker off at a local hotel before contacting a tow-truck company to pull out the tractor trailer. After they arrived at the hotel, those preparing to tow the truck allegedly discovered a large quantity of cocaine and heroin, as well as methamphetamine, hidden among the pallets of bell peppers. The drugs were valued at over $1 million. Authorities believe that this is the largest seizure of its kind in the state's history.
Police officers reportedly recovered 11 pounds of heroin, 16.5 pounds of cocaine and 190 pounds of methamphetamine. The prohibited substances were not only found hidden among the pallets but in suitcases as well. The truck driver was arrest on multiple drug-related charges, including several counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute the drugs.
In this case, the suspect is facing felony charges that can lead to serious consequences if convicted. Felony drug charges are usually prosecuted in federal court where there is less room for negotiation. Usually, the best way to fight charges of this nature is to establish a strong criminal defense. Dealing with this type of case with the help of an experienced lawyer may be best because of the various complexities that usually arise.