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Traffic stop nets 21 pounds of marijuana

Oregon State Police seized 21 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Ashland on Thursday.

At about 1 p.m., troopers stopped a 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier with Washington license plates for a seat belt violation. The car was northbound on Interstate 5 at about milepost 18 when it was stopped, police said.

An OSP drug-sniffing dog at the traffic stop alerted officers of drugs in the trunk, police said in a news release.

A search discovered 19 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana concealed in camouflage duffel bags and backpacks inside the trunk. Estimated value of the marijuana was approximately $35,000, police said.

Driver Christopher Watson, 24, of Lacy, Wash., and passenger Alta Marie Schufreider, 22, of Newcastle, Wash., were arrested on charges of possession, distribution and manufacture of marijuana. They were lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where they remained Friday on $125,000 bail each.