Deputies Recover Drugs, Guns in Estacada Traffic Stop

Two Portland men was arrested Friday night when deputies uncovered a stash of illegal drugs and weapons during a routine traffic stop in Estacada for expired plates.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, which is contracted to provide police services in Estacada, stopped 20-year-old Kenneth Allen Nelson on Oregon Highway 224 near Park Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, July 22.

The license plates on his Honda Accord had expired more than two years ago, deputies reported in a July 27 Facebook post.

In a search of the car, deputies allegedly uncovered more than 100 pills stamped “M30” and believed to contain fentanyl, nearly half a pound of methamphetamine, face masks, two scales and multiple weapons — including a gun without a serial number.

Nelson was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and obliterating firearm I.D. marks. His passenger, 21-year-old passenger Justin Everett Cogburn, also of Portland, was taken into custody on a parole violation.

Both were transported to the Clackamas County Jail. The vehicle was towed and evidence seized, according to the sheriff’s office.

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