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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of 2 Seattle, WA Residents, Seizure of 44 lbs of Marijuana - Interstate 5 near Medford

January 18, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Friday night on Interstate 5 north of Medford led to the arrest of two Washington residents following the seizure of approximately 44 pounds of high-grade marijuana. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on January 17 2014, at approximately 9:23 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 31 for a speed violation. The operator was identified as JESSIE OLIVIA TEAR, age 39, from Seattle, Washington. Right front passenger was identified as PATRICK JAMES HAENELT III, age 44, also from Seattle.

Subsequent investigation related to the traffic stop led to the discovery of three large garbage bags containing individually sealed packages of marijuana concealed within the vehicle. The marijuana weight slightly over 44 lbs and has an estimated value of approximately $88,000.

TEAR and HAENELT were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.


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