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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of 2 Minnesota Men, Seizure of 26 lbs of Marijuana - Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove

March 8, 2013

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

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Lane County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Tuesday morning along Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove led to the arrest of two Minnesota men after a trooper found approximately 26 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 5, 2013 at approximately 9:41 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2008 Pontiac G6 displaying Minnesota license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 175 for a traffic violation. The vehicle's two occupants were identified as driver GREGORY J. SWENSON, age 27, and passenger WILLIAM V. SHEPHERD, age 27, both from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find approximately 26 pounds of marijuana concealed in a duffle bag in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $65,000.

SWENSON and SHEPHERD were taken into custody and lodged in the Lane County Jail. Both were arrested for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. According to Lane County Sheriff's Office, both men were released from custody March 6 pending future court appearances.


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