Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 31 Pounds of Methamphetamine - One Arrested (Photo)

January 27, 2014 09:05


On Friday January 24, 2014, at 3:45 p.m., Portland Police officers stopped a vehicle on I-84 westbound at Exit 18. During the course of the traffic stop, officers received consent to search the vehicle and a K-9 Drug Dog, "Nikko", was used to sniff the contents of the vehicle.

"Nikko" alerted on a large suitcase in the trunk of the vehicle, which the vehicle's three occupants denied owning. Drugs and Vice investigators applied for and obtained a search warrant for the bag, leading to the discovery of 31 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of nearly $1,500,000.

36-year-old Nestor Catarino Zazueta-Valenzuela was arrested and charged with Distribution and Possession of Methamphetamine. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday January 27, 2014. The other two subjects in the vehicle were released without charges.

Photos of the seizure have been posted along with this release.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.



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