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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Seizure

1667 - pic 1NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — A traffic stop by a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy leads to the seizure of three pounds of marijuana.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:45 a.m., a deputy just south of the Ashland interchange pulled over a 2013 Toyota Avalon for a speed violation. The vehicle was traveling northbound at 82 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour zone. Inside the car were three people who claimed they were headed to Newport from Fresno, California.

The deputy initially noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. When asked what was in the car, only the driver provided a small baggy of marijuana from his pocket and a small envelope of marijuana from the front console area. They told the deputy that none of them had a medical marijuana card.

Further investigation of the vehicle revealed three pounds of marijuana inside garbage bags hidden inside the vehicle. The driver, 25-year-old Samuel Merrill, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Merrill has since bailed out of the Jackson County Jail.

During the investigation, it was determined one of the passengers, 29-year-old Kyle Golden was wanted for a felony warrant out of Coos County. He was arrested and remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail. The other passenger was released.