OSP finds drugs during traffic stop along I-5

Oregon State Police early Monday seized more than 1,000 tablets of what they called "an unusual hallucinogenic drug," along with approximately 10 pounds of marijuana and 10 small marijuana plants, in a dog-assisted traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Ashland.

The vehicle's three occupants were arrested and face multiple drug charges after police said they discovered approximately 1,030 tablets of "2C-B" and the marijuana. Arrested were the driver, Peter David Kriesberg, 34, of Santa Cruz, Calif., and passengers Dustin William White, 28, and Amy R. Villastringham, 25, both of Seattle, Wash.

The drugs were seized when an OSP trooper stopped the northbound 1994 Honda Accord after Kriesberg made an illegal lane change near Milepost 11, according to an OSP press release.

Produced in clandestine laboratories, the 2C-B drug is sold in pill or powder form and is known on the streets as "7th Heaven, 7-Up, Beautiful, Blue Mystic, Lucky 7 and Tripstasy," according to a Web site at www.drugfree.org.

The 2C-B-user population is the same as for MDMA (Ecstasy) and LSD and other club drugs. The drug typically sells for $10 to $30 per tablet, police said.

An OSP drug-detection dog assisted during the stop and discovery of the illegal drugs, which police said were concealed in the trunk of the 1994 Honda Accord. Police also said they found 10 starter marijuana plants hidden in the car's passenger compartment. The estimated value of the seized 2C-B is $10,000 to $30,000 and the estimated value of the seized marijuana is $25,000, police said.

Kriesberg and White were lodged in Jackson County Jail on charges of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance for both the marijuana and the 2C-B. Bail was set at $300,000.

Villastringham was cited to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court for unlawful possession, distribution and manufacture of marijuana.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.

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