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Driver sought, 116 lbs. of pot seized in Cave Junction

Josue Ruiz-Atenogenes

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a driver who allegedly left behind more than 100 pounds of illicit pot — and his passenger — when he fled on foot from a traffic stop Thursday morning in Cave Junction.

The driver bolted during a traffic stop at 10:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Laurel Road and Waters Drive, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Inside the car, police found 116 pounds of processed marijuana, and a passenger identified as Josue Ruiz-Atenogenes, 24, of Modesto, California.

Ruiz-Atenogenes was arrested on felony charges of unlawfully possessing marijuana and attempting to deliver marijuana.

As of Friday morning, Ruiz-Atenogenes was held in the Josephine County Jail on $25,000 bail.

The driver was described as a Hispanic male about 5-feet-5 and 145 pounds with black hair. Anyone who may have information about the case was asked to call the sheriff’s office at 541-474-5123 and reference case No. 21002671.