Police stop speeding car, find stolen goods

A traffic stop on Interstate 5 this morning led to the recovery of $3,000 in stolen merchandise bound for resale in Mexico, Oregon State Police said.

OSP Senior Trooper Greg Constanzo stopped a speeding 1997 Ford Explorer displaying Mexico license plates at milepost 17 near Ashland.

A search of the Explorer turned up a cache of household items, diapers, video games, children's toys and clothes stolen from Willamette Valley department stores, police say.

Most of the items still had store price tags attached. OSP officials are contacting merchants to verify the property was stolen.

Arrested were driver Jose Castelo-Nunez, 24, and Blas Enrique Sanchez-Verdugo, 37, both of Mexico. They were lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree theft and theft by receiving.

OSP officials believe the pair intended to resell the stolen merchandise in Mexico.

— Chris Conrad

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