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Two arrested with 201 pounds of marijuana in rental vehicle

Oregon State Police arrested two men last week after finding 201 pounds of marijuana in their rental vehicle when they were pulled over for speeding.

The men, Pandy Huot, 29, of Shakopee, Minnesota, and Lor Meng, 28, of Sacramento, California, were arrested at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, and lodged in the Josephine County Jail that evening, but they are no longer listed there.

The arrest happened on Interstate 5 near milepost 61, outside Merlin, according to an OSP news release. A trooper pulled over a Ford Explorer for speeding, then "became suspicious of criminal conduct," according to the release. The officer said there was a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle and the mens' stories about their travels did not match up, according to Capt. Bill Fugate.

"Just the circumstances were odd and peculiar," Fugate said. "Multiple factors there."

Police said the men had flown to the Medford airport from Denver, Colorado. They rented the Ford Explorer, then traveled to an "unknown location" in California to acquire the marijuana. Police believe the men were transporting the product to Minnesota.

Both were arrested on felony charges of transporting more than 16 pounds of marijuana across state lines, illegal possession of marijuana, and unlawful delivery of marijuana.

Lor Meng
Pandy Huot