Toy-filled van has meth, too

After police stopped a speeding van on Interstate 5 Monday morning, the newest member of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, a yellow Labrador named Kilo, found a pound of methamphetamine hidden among children's toys scattered in the van.

An officer stopped the northbound blue 2005 Chevy van at mile 14 of the freeway near Ashland. When Kilo, who has been on the job for three weeks, signaled that she smelled drugs, officers searched the van and found a pound of meth with an estimated street value of $24,000, said Medford police Lt. Tim Doney, head of the interagency drug team.

The driver, Carlos Alberto Lopez, 38, of South Gate, Calif., in the Los Angeles area, was arrested on charges of possession and delivery of meth. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail today on $515,000 bail.

Lopez's 14-year-old son and his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter were in the van with Lopez at the time of the stop, Doney said. The children were taken into protective custody.

— Anita Burke

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