SALEM, Ore. — A Sandy man was cited for trying to trade a pound of marijuana for a snowmobile on Saturday night, officials said.
One problem: the snowmobile’s owner is an Oregon State Trooper.
Jason Owen, 29, contacted the owner of a snowmobile on Craigslist early last week, and asked if he would consider trading the vehicle for a pound of marijuana.
The snowmobile owner, who is an Oregon State Trooper out of the Salem Area Command, notified his supervisor and consulted with the Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section to schedule a meet-up with Owen.
The trooper agreed to meet Owen at a Pilot gas station in Brooks, where an unmarked police vehicle waited and saw Owen drive into the parking lot.
Multiple marked patrol cars initiated a traffic stop, where the trooper identified himself to Owen.
Owen had a pound and a half of marijuana in his vehicle.
The trooper informed Owen he was committing a crime by possessing and delivering marijuana without going through an Oregon Liquor Control Commission retailer or an Oregon Health Authority registered medical marijuana dispensary.
He was cited and released for marijuana delivery, and his vehicle was impounded because of his suspended driving status.
Owen’s passenger, a 26-year-old woman, was not charged.