Police find 14 pounds of pot

ASHLAND — Oregon State Police troopers seized 14 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 5 near Ashland, officials said.

Troopers pulled over a 2003 Dodge Neon for an improper lane change near milepost 11 at approximately 8:15 a.m. A search of the car turned up 14 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $60,000, OSP said.

The two occupants Estella Lopez, 48, and Jaime Hernandez, 37, both of Fort Bragg, Calif., were arrested and charged with possession, manufacture and delivery of marijuana.

A further investigation led to another traffic stop on the interstate that was linked to the marijuana. The two occupants of that vehicle Cesar Hernandez Ornealas, 20, of Beaverton, and Jamie Hernandez Rico, 33, from Burlington, Wash., were charged with possession, manufacture and delivery of marijuana, OSP said.

Lopez, Ornelas and Rico were lodged in the Jackson County Jail and released after posting bail. Hernandez was cited by the troopers and released on his own recognizance.

The investigation is continuing and more information concerning the case could be released later, OSP said.

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