I-5 traffic stops net pills, meth

Unrelated traffic stops on Interstate 5 over the weekend led to seizures of methamphetamine and pain medication valued at more than $450,000, Oregon State Police reported.

On Friday, a trooper stopped a suspected speeder and found 3,500 oxycodone pills and a loaded .45-caliber handgun in the sport utility vehicle, OSP said.

On Sunday, a traffic violation led to the arrest of a Seattle man and the seizure of $350,000 worth of meth, police said in a news release on Monday.

At about 9:50 a.m. Friday, an OSP trooper stopped Charlie Anthony Franklin Jr., 32, of Texarkana, Ark., who was driving a 2011 Buick Enclave with California plates, near milepost 18 in the Ashland area for a speed violation.

The trooper discovered about 3,500 oxycodone pills and a loaded .45-caliber handgun hidden inside the vehicle, OSP reported, adding the estimated street value of the pain medication was $108,000.

Franklin was arrested and charged with possession and distribution of synthetic drugs and carrying a concealed weapon. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $50,000 bail, but is no longer listed as an inmate.

At about 11 a.m. Sunday, a trooper stopped a northbound 2003 Acura coupe with a Washington license plate for a traffic violation on Interstate 5 near milepost 29, OSP Drug Enforcement Section Sgt. Jim Johnson reported.

Francisco Hernandez-Figueroa, 27, of Seattle, was alone in the car. During the stop, the trooper found about 17 pounds of meth concealed in the car's back seat, OSP said. The estimated value of the seized methamphetamine was more than $350,000, police said.

Hernandez-Figueroa was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for possession, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine, police said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted OSP during an initial follow-up investigation and its officers have placed a hold on Hernandez-Figueroa, suspecting that he is in the country illegally.

He is being held in jail without bail.

The OSP Drug Enforcement Section continues to investigate both cases.

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