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A traffic stop on the desert leads to suspected Ontario meth trafficker

Law enforcement officials searched this Ontario home as part of their investigation into what they said was a multi-state drug trafficking enterprise. Two people were arrested in connection with the investigation. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

Alma Pacheco was just two hours from home.

It was just before dawn on Sunday, Oct. 25, and she had about 100 miles to go when Oregon State Police troopers pulled her over in what authorities later said was a “coordinated traffic stop.”

They were on U.S. Highway 95, just west of the desert community of Rome. Pacheco was driving a 2015 Chevy Tahoe belonging to her passenger, Victor Gomez.

The license plate tags on the Tahoe had expired.

But it wasn’t a traffic violation that interested the troopers . . .