Seizure of marijuana leads to Yakima man's arrest
An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Thursday afternoon along Highway 97 on the north end of Klamath Falls led to the arrest of a Yakima, Washington man after the trooper discovered approximately 13 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Two other persons were cited and released in connection with the investigation.
At approximately 3:07 p.m. Thursday, an OSP trooper stopped a 2005 Dodge Stratus displaying Washington license plates with three occupants northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 271 for a traffic violation. The three occupants were identified as driver Samuel Alcalan, age 29, passenger Mario Serrano-Lopez, age 27, and a 27-year old female passenger. Alcalan is from Yakima, Washington. Serrano-Lopez is from Wapato, Washington.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover and seize approximately 13 pounds of marijuana concealed in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $30,000.
Alcalan was cited and released to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. Serrano-Lopez was lodged in Klamath County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. The female passenger was released without being cited or arrested.