Traffic stop nets 55 pounds of cocaine

State troopers seized 55 pounds of cocaine Tuesday night during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Medford.

Oregon State Police reported that a trooper stopped a 2002 Chevy pickup with Washington license plates for a traffic violation near milepost 32 at 11:15 p.m.

The driver, later identified as Samuel Ramirez-Hernandez, 27, said he was from Bellingham, Wash.

The trooper called in a drug dog, who sniffed out approximately 55 pounds of cocaine stashed inside a compartment on the passenger side.

The estimated value of the cocaine is $600,000, OSP said in a news release.

Ramirez-Hernandez was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of manufacture, possession and distribution of cocaine.

In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged him with suspicion of being in the country illegally. He remained lodged late Wednesday without bail.

This was the second large cocaine seizure by OSP troopers during traffic stops within the last week. The previous stop was June 23 on Highway 97 about eleven miles south of the Oregon/Washington border. This bust netted approximately 65 pounds of cocaine.

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