BEND, OR -- A California woman was arrested during a traffic stop just north of Bend Thursday evening. At around 5 P.M., an Oregon State Police Senior Trooper stopped an SUV for a lane use violation on northbound 97 near milepost 132.
During the traffic stop, the Trooper noticed signs of criminal activity, and conducted a consent search of the vehicle. OSP says the Trooper located around 10 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and about five pounds of suspected powder fentanyl hidden in the vehicle. The K-9 assisted in the investigation by alerting the Trooper to the odor of controlled substances in the location where the drugs were hidden.
The driver was identified as 28-year-old Dania Marbella Banegas-Ramos of Oakland. Banegas-Ramos was taken into custody and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for various drug offenses.
OSP Troopers were assisted during the investigation by Detectives from the OSP-Criminal Investigations Division-Drug Enforcement Section (Domestic Highway Enforcement Initiative), Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration – Bend Task Force, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
The Oregon State Police-Domestic Highway Enforcement Initiative is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives, including the OSP-DHE Initiative.