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Over 13 Pounds of Marijuana Found at Traffic Crash Scene, Three ArrestedSalem-news.com
(GRANTS PASS) - Oregon State Police troopers arrested three Portland-area men Saturday night after responding to a single vehicle rollover crash northbound Interstate 5 near Rogue River and finding over 13 pounds of marijuana.
Oregon State Police Sergeant Mark Byrd and Senior Trooper Greg Costanzo, with his drug dog "Cookie", responded to a single vehicle rollover crash northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 48 around 6:30 PM Saturday.
Upon arriving at the scene, police say they found there were three occupants one of which subsequently was transported for treatment of minor injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicated a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 35-year old Scott Firkus of Milwaukie, Oregon was northbound on Interstate 5 when it drifted into the center median and rolled several times. Firkus was accompanied in the vehicle by two male passengers identified as 23-year old Matthew kahoe of from northeast Portland, and 34-year old William Walker of Oregon City.
All three occupants were using safety restraints. Firkus was not injured. Walker received minor scrapes and bruises but was not transported for treatment. Kahoe was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass where he was treated and released for minor injuries.
While at the scene investigating the crash, troopers say they detected an odor of marijuana coming from a large duffel bag. Troopers, with the assistance of their drug dog, subsequently discovered approximately 13.5 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $40,000.
Firkus, Kahoe and Walker were taken into custody and later lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Felony Unlawful Possession and Distribution of Marijuana.
The investigation is continuing with the assistance of Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section detectives.
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