Oregon State Police troopers made two large drug busts this month, seizing 29 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
The first and larger of the two busts began as a traffic stop April 1st near milepost 35 along Interstate 5 northbound. 40-year-old Raymundo Cota Sauceda was stopped for a traffic violation as the Washington resident drove from southern California to Seattle.
Sauceda consented to a vehicle search, and then a drug-sniffing dog found 28 pounds of meth in a cardboard box in the trunk.
Two days later in a near-identical scenario, a state trooper discovered another pound of meth inside a northbound vehicle on I-5.
A state trooper stopped Martinez Miguel Navarro, 44, of Tacoma, at milepost 13. Like Sauceda, Navarro consented to a vehicle search and the trooper found the meth underneath the front seat.
Like Sauceda, Navarro was traveling back to Washington from southern California. Both men were booked into the Jackson County Jail, and both investigations are ongoing.