The discovery of 23 pounds of cocaine Tuesday night inside a Chrysler Sebring landed two California residents in the Jackson County Jail, authorities said.
An Oregon State Police trooper patrolling Interstate 5 near Central Point arrested Vincent Michael Mendez, 22, of Spring Valley, Calif., and Alyssa Panziera, 21, of Salinas, Calif., on charges of possession and delivery of cocaine.
They were both being held in jail Wednesday on $40,000 bail, jail records show.
The trooper stopped the Chrysler Sebring traveling northbound for an alleged speed violation near Milepost 32, according to an OSP news release. The cocaine was found hidden inside the car as the trooper investigated during the stop.
Police are investigating the incident, the press release said. Investigators estimated the value of the cocaine at more than $500,000.