Marijuana Arrest on I-5 Near Medford

NEAR MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon State Police say traffic stop on I-5 near Medford lead to the arrest of two Seattle residents and the seizure of 44 lbs of marijuana.

Police say on Friday night, an OSP trooper stopped a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 31 for a speed violation.

A subsequent search of the vehicle lead to the discovery of three large garbage bags containing individually sealed packages of marijuana concealed within the vehicle. The marijuana weight slightly over 44 lbs and has an estimated value of approximately $88,000.

39-year-old Jessie Olivia Tear and 44-year-old Patrick James Haenelt III were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.