Two Southern Oregon men jailed on pot charges near Molalla

Two Southern Oregon men were arrested this morning near Molalla in northeast Oregon with 11 pounds of marijuana hidden inside their vehicle, Oregon State Police reported.

An Oregon State Police trooper stopped a 1987 Subaru on Highway 213 for expired license plates.

The men inside were identified as Van Arthur Bivens, 21, of Rogue River, and his passenger Travis B. Cox, 25, of White City.

A search of the car led troopers to 11 pounds of dried and fresh marijuana in the back of the vehicle. The marijuana was stored inside a large garbage bag hidden near a rear speaker box, police said.

Investigators are still working to estimate the value of the marijuana, OSP said in a news release.

Both men were arrested without incident. Cox initially provided a false name but was later positively identified. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on possession of marijuana, identity theft, giving false information to police and a parole violation. He remains lodged in jail without bail.

Bivens was lodged on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana and a probation violation. He also remained jailed without bail.

— Chris Conrad

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