Pickup speeding through Medford carried load of 565 pot plants, police say

4:30 p.m. update: State police now say they have identified the two men arrested Tuesday as Carlos Cardenas-Fonseca, 22, and Jose Antonino-Velazco, 28, both of Gervais, and say the men provided incorrect names when they were arrested. Both are being held in Jackson County Jail on drug charges and immigration holds, police say.

2:20 p.m. story: Oregon State Police troopers arrested two men and seized 565 small marijuana plants from a pickup early Tuesday during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the Medford area.

At 2:10 a.m. Tuesday two OSP troopers stopped a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup that was seen speeding north I-5 near milepost 32, just south of Central Point, an OSP news release said.

During the stop, troopers saw growing marijuana seedlings in the bed of the pickup and rear passenger seat, the news release said. Their search led to the seizure of 565 plants and a bag containing about 11 ounces of processed marijuana.

The pickup's driver Edwin B. Burgos, 20, of Corona, Calif., and passenger Antonio Velazco, 28, of Salem, were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of possession, distribution and manufacture of marijuana.

— Anita Burke

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