Traffic stop yields 8 pounds of pot

A pair of Washington men were arrested Tuesday morning south of Ashland after police found eight pounds of marijuana in a plastic tote box in the bed of their pickup truck, Oregon State Police said.

At approximately 6:20 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Sonoma for speeding in the northbound lane of Interstate 5 near milepost 10. The two occupants were later identified as Byran Banning, 24, from Lake Stevens, Wash., and Griffin Thompson, 20, from Marysville, Wash.

"The trooper found a small baggie of marijuana in the glove compartment, which led to the discovery in the pickup's bed," said OSP Sgt. David Beck.

A drug dog was brought to the scene and alerted officers to a plastic container loaded with eight pounds of high-quality marijuana, Beck said.

"We estimate a pound of this kind of bud sells for nearly $3,000," Beck said.

Banning and Thompson were charged with possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana. Both were lodged in the Jackson County Jail where they remained late Tuesday on $125,000 bail.

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