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13 pounds of meth seized near Ashland

A man from Southern California is accused of trafficking a substantial quantity of methamphetamine following a Monday night freeway stop.

Angel Ochoa, 30, faces felony charges for delivering and possessing methamphetamine in Jackson County Circuit Court stemming from the traffic stop near Ashland, in which police ultimately found about 13 pounds of meth.

At just before midnight Tuesday, Oregon State Police troopers stopped Ochoa on northbound Interstate 5 near Exit 14, according to documents filed by police in the case. A search of the vehicle, with Ochoa's consent, led police to find the methamphetamine, hidden inside a duffel bag within a suitcase in the back of the vehicle he was driving.

Ochoa, who has a Santa Ana, California, address listed in Jackson County Jail records, allegedly told police that he was headed to meet a man described in court documents as a "white male adult" at Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, where he would be paid $1,000 for the delivery.

At a hearing Wednesday, Circuit Judge Tim Barnack set Ochoa's bail amount at $500,000 and mandated no early release unless Ochoa posts the required 10 percent.

As of midday Thursday, Ochoa remained lodged in Jackson County Jail. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 14.

Angel Ochoa