Two men are accused of money laundering after Oregon State Police seized more than three ounces of marijuana and nearly $30,000 in cash during a traffic stop Sunday.
At about 11:45 p.m., state troopers received a report from a motorist that they had been shot at while driving on Interstate 5 in northern Douglas County, according to a news release.
The motorist was later found at a rest stop in southern Lane County and determined he was under the influence of marijuana and “his paranoia led him to believe he had been shot at after a tire on his vehicle had a blow out,” the release stated.
The driver, a 20-year-old Florida man, had traveled about 20 miles on I-5 with a flat tire before coming to the rest stop. The passenger is a 30-year-old from California.
Troopers located approximately 95 grams (or 3.3 ounces) of marijuana, “marijuana items” and $29,790 in cash. “The cash was concealed in a package of diapers and the marijuana was located in the driver compartment of the vehicle,” according to the release.
The driver was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants. The driver and passenger both will be referred to the Lane County District Attorney on suspicion of money laundering.
The Department of Homeland Security Medford Office assisted.
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