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Marijuana Bust Near Cottage Grove

NEAR COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — An Oregon State Police traffic stop Tuesday morning along Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove led to the arrest of two Minnesota men after a trooper found approximately 26 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle.

On March 5, an OSP senior trooper stopped a vehicle displaying Minnesota license plates heading northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 175 for a traffic violation.

The vehicle’s two occupants were identified as 27-year-old Gregory J. Swenson, the driver, and passenger 27-year-old William V. Shepherd, both from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find approximately 26 pounds of marijuana concealed in a duffle bag in the car’s trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $65,000.

Swenson and Shepherd were taken into custody and lodged in the Lane County Jail. Both were arrested for unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance – marijuana.

According to Lane County Sheriff’s Office, both men were released from custody March 6 pending future court appearances. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.