A pair of traffic stops on Interstate 5 netted 170 pounds of marijuana with a combined value of nearly $500,000, according to Oregon State Police.

A pair of traffic stops on Interstate 5 netted 170 pounds of marijuana with a combined value of nearly $500,000, according to Oregon State Police.

The first stop occurred Saturday afternoon on Interstate 5 just south of Ashland when an OSP trooper pulled over a 2005 Dodge Caravan with California license plates.

Troopers searched the van and found close to 106 pounds of marijuana hidden inside. The marijuana was packaged in large bags. It had an estimated street value of $300,000.

Arrested were driver Juana Moreno, 36, from Chula Vista, Calif., and Roberto Miranda-Palacios, 26, of San Diego.

Both were lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail. They are charged with manufacture, delivery and possession of marijuana. In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents charged them with suspicion of being in the country illegally.

On Tuesday, an OSP trooper stopped a 1990 Nissan Maxima displaying Washington plates near Interstate 5 milepost 60 in Josephine County.
During that stop the trooper found close to 62 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $200,000.

Arrested were Jose Amezcua-Diaz, 29, of Yakima, Wash., and Guadalupe Ramos Medina, 34, of Grandview, Wash.

Both were lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of delivery, manufacture and possession of marijuana. They remained in jail late Tuesday on $50,000 bail.