SUV speeding near Medford carried 2.5 pounds of meth, police say

Edgar Navarro-Cerpas, left, Jose Navarro-Cerpas and Cynthia Delgadillo-Quintero

Oregon State Police stopped an SUV speeding through the Medford area on Saturday and found about 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine.

Two men and a woman were arrested on drug charges and are being held without bail on suspicion of being in the country illegally, officials said.

An OSP trooper stopped a 2006 Lincoln Navigator with California license plates that he saw speeding north on Interstate 5 near milepost 30, OSP said in a news release today. During the subsequent investigation, troopers assisted by an OSP drug-detection dog found about 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle. Officials estimated the drugs would be worth about $65,000.

All three people in the vehicle were taken into custody without incident, police said.

Driver Jose Navarro-Cerpas, 32, of Salem, was arrested on charges of manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine, using another person's driver's license and furnishing false information to a police officer.

Passenger Edgar Navarro-Cerpas, 30, of Oakland, Calif., was arrested on charges of manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine. The other passenger Cynthia Delgadillo-Quintero, 23, also of Oakland, Calif., was arrested on charges of manufacture, delivery and possession of methamphetamine

Detectives from the OSP, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement team, Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement all assisted with the case.

— Anita Burke


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