Georgia man arrested during attempt to smuggle 296 pounds of marijuana out of Oregon

A 24-year-old Georgia man was arrested Sunday morning near Klamath Falls on marijuana related charges.

Approximately 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 23, an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper pulled over a U-Haul truck going eastbound on Highway 140E outside Klamath Falls. The driver was stopped for a stop sign violation.

Kim M. Mason, 24, of Duluth, Georgia, was arrested Oct. 23, 2016 in Klamath County, Oregon after allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 300 pounds of marijuana out of Oregon. Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police.
Kim M. Mason, 24, of Duluth, Georgia, was arrested Oct. 23, 2016 in Klamath County, Oregon after allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 300 pounds of marijuana out of Oregon. Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police.

The driver, Kim M. Mason, 24, of Duluth, Georgia, reportedly told the trooper he was en route from Ashland to Salt Lake City.

However, Mason aroused the trooper’s suspicion with his behavior, and granted the trooper consent to search the vehicle after he was asked.

The trooper found the U-Haul had furniture purchased from Goodwill, which was blanketed and taped. Further search revealed 296.1 pounds of processed marijuana hidden inside the furniture.

Oregon State Police troopers seized 296.1 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Klamath Falls, Ore on Oct. 23, 2016. Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police.
Oregon State Police troopers seized 296.1 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Klamath Falls, Ore on Oct. 23, 2016. Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police.

Mason is held in Klamath County Jail on charges of exporting marijuana items from Oregon (over 16 ounces), which is a Class C felony, and possession of marijuana in excess of 32 ounces.