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Oregon man attempted to trade marijuana for police officer's snowmobile

By
Daniel Uria

BROOKS, Ore., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- An Oregon man faced multiple citations after attempting to trade a large amount of marijuana for a snowmobile owned by a police officer.

Jason Owen, 29, had contacted the snowmobile owner, who happened to be an Oregon State trooper, on Craigslist and offered to trade a pound of marijuana in exchange for the vehicle, according to Oregon State Police.

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The trooper and his supervisor sought a consultation with the agency's drug enforcement section before he and Owen agreed to meet at a local gas station to discuss the deal.

When Owen arrived to meet the trooper he was monitored by an unmarked police vehicle before being stopped by several marked patrol cars.

The trooper identified himself and informed Owen he was committing a crime by possessing more than a pound and a half of marijuana in his vehicle.

"In Oregon, it's legal for adults 21 and older to possess and use recreational marijuana but there are limits. All sales and purchases must be made through an OLCC retailer or an Oregon Health Authority registered medical marijuana dispensary," police said in a statement.

Owen was cited with Adult Possession of Marijuana and Adult Delivery of Marijuana for the incident, while a 26-year-old woman in his car was not charged.

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Owen was released on the spot but his vehicle was impounded and he was also cited with Driving while Suspended Misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license.

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