Drugs stashed among bell peppers lead to charges against driver after Sherman County crash

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Largest Reported Seizure in Oregon History
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Helen Jung
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
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...Sheriff’s deputies went out to assist a trucker whose semi-tractor trailer had rolled into a ditch along U.S. 97...

But tow-truck company employees soon alerted police. Hidden among the pallets of bell peppers were bundles of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, authorities allege, collectively worth well over $1 million. It's believed to be the largest drug seizure in Oregon history, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The driver, Salvador Martinez-Perez, 53, of Wenatchee, Wash., now faces three counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. He also faces a count of conspiracy to distribute meth, heroin and cocaine....

He pleaded not guilty...

Martinez-Perez’s trial is scheduled to begin April 22. He is being held in custody pending the trial.