Oregon man arrested for opium possession

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SELIGMAN - The following is a release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On September 27, 2008, at approximately 11:45 A.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy stopped a Missouri plated passenger car for a turning violation on the I40 near milepost 114 (west of Seligman, Arizona). The driver, identified as 32-year-old Benjamin Tietjens from Orgeon, appeared abnormally nervous while speaking with the deputy about the traffic violation. After the deputy explained the K9 drug interdiction program and his intent to deploy K9 "Elliot," Tietjens admitted to possessing a marijuana pipe which was hidden in his shoe. The deputy removed a white ink pen tube wrapped in tissue paper from Tietjens' right shoe. The deputy noticed the pipe contained a dark brown colored residue which did not appear to be from marijuana.

During further questioning regarding the source of the residue, Tietjens acknowledged he had opium inside his wallet which was still in the vehicle next to the driver's seat. The wallet was located and found to contain a plastic sheet which held a hardened brown substance testing positive for opium. The opium weighed nearly 3 grams. Tietiens wallet also had ten 3" by 3" sheets of aluminum foil inside. These foil squares allow users to heat the opium indirectly, vaporizing the drug for inhalation via a pipe or straw.

Tietjens was arrested and transported to the Prescott Detention Facility where he was booked for Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.