Police seize 74 pounds of meth worth over $370K from car on I-5 in Douglas County, Ore.
ROSEBURG, Ore. - Narcotics detectives seized 74 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $370,000 or more from a car traveling on Interstate 5 on Saturday, the single largest seizure of its kind in the history of the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Teams.
Police arrested both men in the car - Israel Salvador Mercado-Mendoza, 30, of Creswell; and Rigoberto Morfin-Pedroza, 33, of Los Angeles, Calif. - on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine.
"If sold by the pound, in local street value this meth would be worth approximately $370,000," the narcotics team said in a statement. "It would be worth much more if broken down and sold in smaller quantities."
Police found the drugs after K9 Trapper notified its handler to the presence of drugs in the car during a traffic stop on I-5 Saturday near milepost 151.