13 pounds of cocaine seized in I-5 stop

Oregon State Police troopers Friday seized close to 13 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop just south of Ashland.

At 4:40 a.m. Friday, a trooper stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe displaying Washington license plates for speeding near Interstate 5 milepost 13.

During the stop, troopers and a drug-sniffing dog searched the car and found 6 kilos of cocaine (approximately 13.2 pounds) wrapped in 1-kilo bundles hidden in the car.

The estimated wholesale value of the cocaine is about $150,000, but would be much higher after the drug was cut with other substances and repackaged on the street, OSP Lt. Kelly Collins said.

"This cocaine could sell for close to half a million dollars after it reaches the street dealers," Collins said.

Arrested were Ruben Ramirez-Ventura, 24, of Renton, Wash., and Marisol Perez-Almonte, 28, of Seattle on charges of delivery of cocaine and possession of cocaine.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have placed a federal hold on Ramirez-Ventura and Perez-Almonte on the suspicion they are in the country illegally. They were lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

"This was a large drug bust for us," Collins said. "We'd like to have more of these in the future."

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