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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to 565 Marijuana Plants, Two Arrests near Medford
05/26/2010
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6114

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested two men and seized 565 small, growing marijuana plants from a pickup early Tuesday morning during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the Medford area.
 
On May 25, 2010 at 2:10 a.m. two OSP troopers stopped a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 32 for a speed violation. The two occupants were later positively identified driver CARLOS CARDENAS-FONSECA, age 22 (aka: EDWIN B. BURGOS), and passenger JOSE ANTONINO-VELAZCO, age 28 (aka: ANTONIO VELAZCO). Oregon DMV record shows both men have Gervais, Oregon addresses. During the stop, troopers were able to see growing marijuana plants in the bed of the pickup and back passenger seat.
 
Subsequent search led to the seizure of 565 growing marijuana plants and a bag containing approximately 11 ounces of processed marijuana.
 
Both men were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana.  Jackson County Jail website also listed both men with immigration holds.