55 pounds of cocaine seized near Ashland

Oregon State Police seized 55 pounds of "high-grade" cocaine Tuesday morning during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Ashland.

According to OSP Sgt. Dave Beck, a trooper stopped a 2011 Nissan Altima Tuesday morning near milepost 12 for a traffic violation.

The driver was identified as Hipolito Carrillo, 41, of Ontario, Calif. The man initially gave troopers a false name and birthdate.

A search of the Altima revealed 25 individually sealed bags of cocaine hidden in the car. The cocaine was sniffed out by a drug dog, Beck said in a news release.

In all, the bags contained 55 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $875,000, OSP said.

Carillo was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for possession, delivery and manufacture of cocaine, first-degree child neglect and suspicion of being in the country illegally. He was being held without bail.

Two passengers, an elderly female and juvenile male, were released later and not arrested.

Correction: This story has been updated to include the suspect's correct name, age, charges and no-bail status.

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