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Published on Friday March 18, 2011 - 12:04 PM
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Three people were arrested Tuesday in southern Oregon when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop led later to the discovery of approximately 50 lbs of marijuana in another vehicle north of Lakeview. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 15, 2011 at approximately 11:45 a.m. an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2001 Honda Accord displaying California license plates eastbound on Highway 140E near Bly in Klamath County for traffic violations. At the time of the stop a 1999 Dodge pickup displaying Colorado license plates also briefly stopped in front of the Honda but then left eastbound without being contacted by the trooper.

After contact with the Honda's driver was completed and it left the scene eastbound, information was learned that the Honda and Dodge pickup were traveling together and the pickup was transporting marijuana.

Approximately 30 minutes later an OSP sergeant stopped the Dodge pickup at the Highway 140E / Highway 395 intersection and contacted two adult females identified as JONNE JULIA LEMIEUX, age 73, from Jaroso, Colorado, and ISABELLE LEMIEUX-BOURVEAU, age 23, from San Anselmo, California.

The Honda Accord was stopped a second time after being located by the trooper who originally stopped it near Bly. The Honda's driver, WILLIAM O. ZACK, age 27, from Covelo, California was identified as the boyfriend of ISABELLE LEMIEUX-BOURVEAU, who is the granddaughter of JONNE JULIA LEMIEUX.

Subsequent investigation related to both traffic stops led troopers to find approximately 50 lbs of marijuana concealed in the pickup's rear cab area. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $125,000.

All three persons were taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Lake County Jail for:

* Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana * Conspiracy to Unlawful Possess and Distribute a Controlled Substance - Marijuana

According to Lake County Jail staff, all three have been released pending a future court appearance.