Police: 45 pounds of meth discovered in car during traffic stop in Douglas County

Arrested: Rafael Valencia & Malori Nelson (Douglas County Sheriff's Office mugshots)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A police stop for a traffic violation led to the discovery of approximately 45 pounds of meth, Oregon State Police said.

Around 8:15 Friday evening, a trooper stopped a 2011 Nissan passenger car for a traffic violation on Interstate 5 near milepost 85 in Douglas County.

A drug detection K9 was applied to the exterior of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of a controlled substance, police said.

A vehicle search revealed approximately 45 pounds of suspected methamphetamine within the vehicle, police said.

The two occupants, Rafael Valencia, 24, and Malori Nelson, 23, both of California, were arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine.

Oregon State Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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