A traffic stop just north of the California border yielded six pounds of methamphetamine headed for Southern Oregon and six arrests.
Daniel Polanco-Mojica, 25, and Paul Andres Valles-Martinez, 22, each face felony charges of delivering and possessing substantial quantities of methamphetamine. Police allege the pair were trafficking six one-pound packages of methamphetamine from southern California to an Ashland hotel room, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.
An Oregon State Police trooper first stopped Polanco-Mojica and Valles-Martinez at 9:15 a.m. Thursday near Milepost 7 for a traffic violation, claiming Polanco-Mojica had been following too close, according to an affidavit filed by police.
Police allege they observed “signs of illegal activity,” though court document didn’t elaborate further. Troopers received consent to search the vehicle, where they allegedly found the methamphetamine beneath the vehicle’s center console.
Polanco-Mojica, who has a Ventura, California, address listed in court records, allegedly told police he picked up the packages in southern California and was to deliver them to an Ashland hotel room, according to court documents. Polanco-Mojica allegedly told police he was going to be paid $2,000 for the trip.
Valles-Martinez, who has no listed address in court records, allegedly told police he was to be paid $500 for his role.
As of midday Friday, each suspect remained held in the Jackson County Jail on $507,500 bail.