A Thursday, Feb. 20, traffic stop on Hwy 140 west conducted by Oregon State Police led to a drug-related arrest and seizure of more than 100 pounds of marijuana.
A press release issued last week reported that OSP stopped an eastbound 2013 Ford Explorer driven by Paul William Houfek, 31, of Portland for a speed violation near milepost 95.
Subsequent investigation with the help of a drug-detection canine led to the discovery of an estimated 117 pounds of marijuana in 94 individually sealed packages, all concealed inside a large gun safe stowed in the back of the vehicle.
Houfek was arrested for unlawful possession, manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance-marijuana, and lodged at the Lake County Jail.
The estimated value of the seized marijuana is about $290,000.