Eugene, Ore. – At around 11 p.m. on May 18, EPD Patrol K9 Unit Officer Jake Thomas and Ayk were patrolling and observed a wrong way driver on a roadway open to the public.
He performed a traffic stop of the vehicle and contacted the driver, Ramon DeJesus Laurean Barraza, age 30, of Phoenix, Arizona. Laurean Barraza was driving without driving privileges or insurance. An EPD Spanish interpreter was dispatched to the scene to assist.
As the stop was concluding, a patrol officer observed, what he believed to be blue fentanyl pills and pre-packaged white powder in plain view in the back passenger area on the floorboard. Laurean Barraza gave consent to the officers on scene to search the vehicle. Eugene Police Street Crimes K9 Officer Joe Kidd and Jack (drug detection K9) responded to the scene to assist.
At the conclusion of the stop, EPD’s team located 49 grams of counterfeit Oxy, 30 blue pills (fentanyl), 140 grams of fentanyl powder and $11,000 cash. Charges included Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl). Case 23-07187
(Information from EPD)