An Oregon State Police traffic stop Thursday afternoon along Highway 140W near Lakeview led to the arrest of a Portland man after the trooper discovered approximately 117 pounds of marijuana in a safe in the vehicle, according to a news release.
According to police, an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2013 Ford Explorer Thursday around 12:50 p.m. The SUV was displaying Idaho license plates and was eastbound on Highway 140W near milepost 95 when the trooper pulled it over for a speed violation approaching the city of Lakeview. During the stop, the trooper identified the driver as Paul W. Houfek, 31, of Portland.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the help of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of the marijuana in 94 individually sealed packages. The marijuana was concealed inside a large gun safe carried in the back of the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is approximately $290,000, police said.
Houfek was arrested and lodged in the Lake County Jail on suspicion of unlawful possession, manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance - marijuana.
The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation, the release said.