4 lbs. of meth seized near Ashland

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    Irvin Jael Tavizon-Vidana [Jackson County Jail mugshot]

    A Salem man faces felony drug charges after a Tuesday traffic stop on Interstate 5 near the south Ashland exit led to the seizure of several pounds of methamphetamine.

    Irvin Jael Tavizon-Vidana, 20, is accused of trafficking “approximately four pounds” of crystal meth, according to a court document filed by an Oregon State Police trooper in Jackson County Circuit Court.

    At 10:05 a.m., police stopped Tavizon-Vidana on northbound I-5 near Exit 14 after he failed to signal before changing lanes in a white Toyota van that didn’t belong to him, court documents say.

    During the stop Tavizon-Vidana told police he didn’t know who owned the vehicle and did not believe the vehicle was insured. He gave the trooper an Oregon state ID card and said he didn’t have a license.

    Tavizon-Vidana originally told police he was driving the van from San Jose, California, to Salem to do body work so the van could be given to a friend’s mother, police said.

    Inside the van Tavizon-Vidana had a black backpack, a TV and a night stand. When police searched the vehicle, they found the meth in the backpack.

    Tavizon-Vidana allegedly told police that he paid $6,800 for the drugs in Los Angeles, and that he intended to sell the meth in the Salem area.

    Tavizon-Vidana was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon on felony charges of delivering and possessing methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $507,500 bail.

    Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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