|Traffic Stop Near Salem Leads To Pot Bust|
Story by Marion Talmadge<.br>The Oregon Herald
|Published on Tuesday March 29, 2011 - 10:45 AM|
The driver, Michael Melvin, 37, and Darlene Byrd, 25, both from Tacoma, Washington, were arrested on charges of unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance. They were stopped in a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, which was northbound on Interstate 5 around 1 A.M. Monday morning.
A canine found approximately five pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk with an estimated street value of $12,500.
Oregon State Police served a search warrant at a room at a Timbers Motel in Eugene, which netted a loaded handgun and marijuana.
Police arrested the room's occupant, Falk Marria, 35, of Nevada City, Calif. on charges of possession of a controlled substance.
Byrd and Melvin were set to appear in Marion County Circuit Court and Marria is scheduled to appear in Lane County Circuit Court.