Myrtle Creek police make meth bust

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- A Myrtle Creek police officer made a traffic stop Wednesday morning, that allegedly led to the seizure of about an ounce of methamphetamine.

According to police, an officer observed a vehicle on Main Street and followed it onto I-5 northbound, where he stopped the vehicle for a violation.

Further investigation led to what officers say was the discovery of about an ounce of meth in the pocket of Jose Manuel Carabez-Acosta, 20, from Washington state.

An OSP trooper with a drug detection dog responded to assist at the scene.

Myrtle Creek Police Chief Don Brown tells KPIC News that people need to be cautious when driving by any traffic stop. While officers were searching the vehicle, a car traveling in the right hand lane tried to merge over, and hit another vehicle that was about to pass.

"Pay close attention to not only your mirrors, but look over your shoulder as well," Brown said.

That accident was minor, and neither vehicle had serious damage.

Carabez-Acosta was taken to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on charges of unlawful possession and distribution of meth, as well as a federal hold.

He is not eligible for bail.