$350,000 worth of meth found in car on I-5

A Seattle man remains in Jackson County Jail after a Sunday morning traffic stop by an Oregon State Police senior trooper on Interstate 5 near Medford found roughly 17 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in his car.

OSP Drug Enforcement Section Sgt. Jim Johnson reported that a trooper stopped a northbound 2003 Acura coupe with a Washington license plate for a traffic violation on Interstate 5 near milepost 29 at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

Francisco Hernandez-Figueroa, 27, of Seattle, was alone in the car. During the stop, the trooper found about 17 pounds of meth concealed in the car's back seat. The estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is more than $350,000, OSP said.

Hernandez-Figueroa was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for possession, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted OSP during an initial follow-up investigation and its officers have placed a hold on Hernandez-Figueroa, suspecting that he is in the country illegally.

The OSP Drug Enforcement Section continues to investigate.

— Anita Burke

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