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Two Arrested on Cocaine Charges

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NEAR CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Two California residents have been arrested after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper found cocaine in their vehicle during a traffic stop on I-5 near Central Point.

On Tuesday evening, around 10:24 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a Chrysler Sebring northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 32. The four-door with California license plates was pulled over for speeding.

OSP says subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 23 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the vehicle’s passenger compartment. Estimated value of the seized cocaine is over $500,000.

The two vehicle occupants, 22-year-old Vincent Michael Mendez and passenger 21-year-old Alyssa Panziera, both from California, were both arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine.