Two Oregon State Police traffic stops eventually led to five arrests and over 12 pounds of pot seized in southern Oregon last week.
The first stop happened on March 3 at about 9:30 p.m., when a trooper stopped a Dodge pickup for a traffic violation near milepost 29. The occupants were identified as driver James Mead, 19, Jacob Hadaller, 23 and Clifford Carbin, 21, all of Centralia, Wa.
During the investigation during the traffic stop, a police drug detection canine was brought in by the Medford Police Department, leading to the discovery of about five pounds of weed. It was packaged in several plastic bags and stuffed into one large bag.
The seized marijuana was valued at about $10,000.
The three men were arrested for unlawful possession and delivery of marijuana.
The second incident happened at about 1:00 a.m. on March 5, when an OSP trooper stopped a Chevy Impala near milepost 11, again for a traffic violation.
The driver, Paul Resendez, 39, and passenger Sarah Hessinger, 35, are both from Cave Junction.
A subsequent investigation during that stop led to the seizure of about seven pounds of marijuana, which was in three separate bags in the trunk. The pot was valued at about $14,000.
Both were arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.
OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives are conducting a follow up investigation.