Springfield man arrested on drug delivery charges after chatting with officer about Taser

A 37-year-old Springfield man faces multiple drug delivery charges after a traffic stop early Saturday morning, according to a release from Springfield Police.

Just after midnight, Oct. 28, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle pulling into an apartment complex on Harlow Rd.

The driver, identified as Carlos Gabriel Morfin-Pedroza, 37, of Springfield, did not have identification in his vehicle, and invited the officer into his apartment so he can retrieve it.

Carlos Gabriel Morfin-Pedroza, 37, of Springfield, was arrested Oct. 28, 2017, on drug delivery charges. Photo courtesy of Lane County Jail.

According to police, Morfin-Pedroza showed the officer an authentic looking forged identification document and handed it to him, then struck up a conversation with the officer about the Taser he was wearing on his duty belt.

Morfin-Pedroza reportedly told the officer he owned a police issue Taser he had found in Medford.

The officer and Morfin-Pedroza went back to Morfin-Pedroza‘s vehicle, and Morfin-Pedroza showed the officer his Taser. The Taser was later determined to have been stolen from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office after the obliterated serial numbers were noticed.

The officer noticed a crystalline substance which was sprinkled on the carpet of Morfin-Pedroza‘s vehicle, and requested a K-9 to come out for assistance.

After being alerted of the presence of illegal substances by the K-9, police seized methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine with a total street value of about $450,000. Also seized was currency valued at over $50,000, three SKS assault rifles, an AK-47, an AR-15, a stolen handgun, a ballistic vest, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and other related accessories.

Morfin-Pedroza was arrested and taken to Lane County Jail on charges of delivery of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.

“This is one of the most significant seizures we have encountered in a long time and the citizens of Springfield should be proud of the fact that Officer O’Leary had the intuitive sense to question this man and dig a little deeper into his story,” said Springfield Police Lt. Scott McKee.