A Monday traffic stop on Interstate 84 near Mosier yielded 13 pounds of methamphetamine, authorities say.
Two men from Mexico were arrested after police found four large packages of methamphetamine in a cardboard box inside the car. The seized drugs carried a street value of about half a million dollars.
The driver, 28-year-old Edgar Vidal Nuno Naranjo from Rosarito, and passenger Oscar Arnulfo Fuller Leyva, 24, from Tijuana, were lodged in jail on meth-related charges.
The drug bust began with a routine traffic stop.
An Oregon State Patrol trooper pulled over a 1999 Ford that was heading eastbound on I-84, near milepost 71 at about 1:45 p.m. Monday for a traffic violation.
During the encounter, the trooper suspected the occupants were involved in criminal activity.
After getting the men’s written consent to search the vehicle, police discovered four large packages of suspected methamphetamine inside the vehicle in a cardboard box. The total weight of the confiscated narcotics was approximately 13.2 pounds.
OSP Sgt. Kaipo Raiser said Wednesday the wholesale estimate for the seized drugs is around $60,000 with a street value of just over $500,000.
Nuno Naranjo and Fuller Leyva were both taken into custody without incident and lodged on Feb. 20 at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles.
The men were arraigned in Wasco County Circuit Court Tuesday, appearing before Judge John Olson. Both face charges of possession and delivery of methamphetamine.
As of Wednesday, Nuno Naranjo and Fuller Leyva were being held in jail on $5,000 bail, respectively, according to NORCOR’s online inmate database.
“While the ultimate destination of these narcotics is uncertain, this seizure keeps a large quantity of narcotics from reaching our communities,” an OSP official said in a news release.
OSP’s drug enforcement division is continuing the investigation.