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OSP stops Lake Co. speeder; pot found in gun safe

Published On: Feb 21 2014 04:29:18 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2014 04:54:47 PM CST
Marijuana safe Pau; Houfek

Oregon State Police; (inset) Lake Co. Sheriff's Office

Portland resident Paul Houfek was arrested on Hwy. 140W near Lakeview; OSP says trooper found 117 lbs. of marijuana in safe SUV was carrying


An Oregon State Police traffic stop Thursday afternoon along Highway 140W near Lakeview led to the arrest of a Portland man after the trooper found about 117 pounds of marijuana hidden in a gun safe in his SUV, troopers said.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the OSP trooper pulled over a rented 2013 Ford Explorer displaying Idaho license plates and heading east on Highway 140W near milepost 95 for a speed violation approaching the city of Lakeview.

During the stop, the trooper identified the driver as Paul William Houfek, 31, from southeast Portland, troopers said.

An OSP drug-detection dog helped turn up the marijuana in 94 individually sealed packages. They were concealed inside a large gun safe carried in the back of the SUV.

Troopers estimated the value of the seized marijuana at about $290,000.

Houfek was arrested and lodged in the Lake County Jail on drug possession, manufacture and distribution charges.


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