Independence man arrested trying to trade pot for vehicle

Matthew Theron Franks, 38, of Independence was arrested for unlawful delivery of marijuana for consideration and lodged at Linn County Jail.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 11:06 AM
Updated: Nov 13, 2018 11:06 AM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Albany police have arrested a man after they say he offered to trade marijuana for a vehicle posted for sale online.

Matthew Theron Franks, 38, of Independence was arrested for unlawful delivery of marijuana for consideration and lodged at the Linn County Jail.

Police said a local auto dealer posted a vehicle for sale online Friday, Nov. 9, and received a message from a potential buyer who asked to trade a substantial amount of marijuana for the vehicle.

The auto dealer contacted the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce for assistance.

A LINE investigator contacted the purchaser and they agreed on an amount in trade for the vehicle.

At about 6:40 p.m. Franks arrived at the meeting location and was arrested by the taskforce.

Police said over five pounds of marijuana was seized.

Anyone with narcotics trafficking information should contact LINE at 541-791-0102.

The LINE Taskforce was established after Linn County was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in 2016.

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