Police: 2 Men Caught With 30 Pounds Of Heroin Near Oregon Border

(CBS Seattle) — The Oregon State Police claim to have seized 30 pounds of heroin during a traffic stop in Southern Oregon.

The Daily Tidings reports two men from Southern California remain in Jackson County Jail on several charges including delivery, manufacture and possession of heroin. On Tuesday, bail for Jose Raul Esparza, 26, and Armando Agustin Villasenor, 21, was set at $500,000 apiece.

According to the Daily Tidings, an OSP trooper spotted the men on the evening of Friday, July 5, near Ashland. Esparza was reportedly driving a Ford van, and the trooper said he pursued it for driving over the posted speed limit. Police found the heroin in the vehicle’s spare tire, located in the trunk, during the traffic stop.

Investigators estimated the drug has a value of more than $600,000.

An OSP officer told the Daily Tidings that the seizure was not a record for the department, but falls into the category of being “very significant.” The amount of heroin obtained at the traffic stop was more than the total amount the department seized in 2011.

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