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Detective jumps into South Umpqua River to recover large amount of meth

After a suspect threw a bag out his window during a car chase, a narcotics detective jumped into the river, recovering more than a pound of methamphetamine.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 1:40 PM

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. – A Douglas County narcotics detective jumped in after a bag containing a large amount of methamphetamine to recover evidence in a drug case, authorities say.

It happened at the bridge over the South Umpqua River in the Myrtle Creek area on Tuesday.

Robert Muniain, 60, of Oakdale, California, was arrested for drug crimes following a long car chase.

The Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team said detectives were following Muniain as part of an ongoing investigation and tried to stop him has he was driving north on Interstate 5 near Myrtle Creek. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office aided the effort.

While Muniain slowed down, he did not stop and got off the freeway headed toward Myrtle Creek, authorities said. It was only after he through a bag out of the vehicle’s window that he stopped, they added.

That’s when a detective with the DINT team went down to the river to spot the bag, which was believed to contain drugs, and jumped in after it. He managed to grab the bag and bring it to the opposite side of the river.

Authorities said the bag contained more than a pound of meth, which is a very large amount.

The detective was not injured.

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