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Traffic stop along I-5 yields 45 pounds of pot, 2 arrests

Two Washington men are in jail after a state trooper pulled them over for speeding Thursday near Central Point and subsequently found 45 pounds of marijuana in their car, the Oregon State Police reported.

Ryan Anthony Longley, 23, of Lake Tapps, Wash., and 22-year-old Coty Shatka Hammond, of Spanaway, Wash., were held in the Jackson County Jail Friday on charges of possession and delivery of marijuana. Bail has been set at $40,000 for each, jail records show.

An OSP trooper pulled over a Saturn station wagon driven by Longley for speeding north on Interstate 5 near milepost 32 at 11 p.m. Thursday. During the traffic stop, the trooper could smell marijuana in the car, police said.

"In this case, there was apparently an overwhelming odor coming from the vehicle," said Lt. Gregg Hastings, OSP spokesman.

The trooper searched the vehicle and found 45 pounds of marijuana, along with one-quarter pound of hash, all concealed inside trash bags in the car.

The estimated value of the substances is about $110,000, OSP officials said.

"It's bigger than the usual amounts we come across," Hastings said. "We also have come across much higher amounts."