Deputies make largest meth bust in DINT history

Detectives make largest methamphetamine bust during a traffic stop in DINT history.

Posted: Mar. 19, 2018 5:42 PM
Updated: Mar. 19, 2018 5:42 PM

YONCALLA, Ore. - DINT Detectives announced they seized a historical amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on I-5 near Yoncalla on Saturday.

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During the stop, investigators said a canine officer alerted to the presence of drugs, and that's when detectives ssaid they found pproximately 74 pounds methamphetamine.

Both men in the vehicle were arrested.

The meth seized is the largest single seizure of meth in DINT history and if sold by the pound, in local street value, would be worth approximately $370,000.  Officials said it would be worth much more if broken down and sold in smaller quantities.

DINT also seized an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect's vehicle.

30 year old Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza, of Creswell, Oregon, and 33 year old Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, of Los Angeles, California were both arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

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