Police seize 70 pounds of pot south of Ashland

An Oregon State Police traffic stop Wednesday morning led to the seizure of about 70 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of a California man on Interstate 5 south of Ashland.

The seized marijuana has an estimated value of $210,000, according to police.

At approximately 6:37 a.m. on Wednesday, an OSP trooper stopped a silver 2007 Pontiac G-6 displaying California license plates southbound near milepost 3 for a traffic violation.

The driver was identified as Efrain Nava, 30, from Redwood City, Calif.

Police discovered high-grade marijuana in 60 individually packaged plastic bags and a large black plastic garbage bag concealed within the trunk and back seat area of the vehicle.

The marijuana weighed approximately 70 pounds, police said.

Nava was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for unlawful possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance - marijuana. His bail is set at $60,000.

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