Drug busts keep OSP busy near Ashland

An Oregon State Police traffic stop Tuesday morning led to the arrest of two Washington State men and the seizure of approximately 7 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 5 south of Ashland. The seized marijuana has an approximate value of $25,000, according to OSP.

On July 7, 2009 at approximately 9:30 a.m. OSP troopers stopped a 1995 Ford Taurus displaying Washington license plates traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 12 for a traffic violation. The two occupants were identified as driver DANIEL NORMAN AGUE, age 41, from Tenino, Washington, and passenger KURT DARREN ETHERIDGE, age 42, from Olympia, Washington.

A subsequent investigation related to the stop led to a search of the car and discovery of fourteen (14) individually packaged ziplock bags containing marijuana within two coolers inside the trunk.

AGUE and ETHERIDGE were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance — Marijuana. Bail for both suspects listed at $120,000.

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ASHLAND — A sheriff's deputy doing holiday weekend traffic safety enforcement stopped a Washington man in a new Toyota Camry with Nevada plates — and found garbage bags full of $195,000 worth of marijuana.

Police arrested Elias Salvador Fuentes, 22, of Kent, Wash., on suspicion of Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacturing of Marijuana.

A Jackson County sheriff's deputy stopped Fuentes at 7:30 a.m. last Thursday for a traffic violation south of Ashland.

With the help of Oregon State Police troopers, investigators located several large plastic garbage bags containing 65 individually wrapped 1-pound plastic bags of high grade marijuana in the trunk of the car.

The approximate value of the seized marijuana is estimated at $195,000, police said.

— Story courtesy of KVAL TV, Medford

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