Oregon police find 37 pounds of cocaine in car; arrest 3 people from Washington

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — State police in southern Oregon who stopped a car for seatbelt violations wound up finding 17 kilos — more than 37 pounds — of cocaine and arresting three people from Washington state.

Lt. Josh Brooks said troopers asked for assistance from a drug detection K-9 after the traffic stop Friday on Interstate 5. K-9 Rainey helped them find the cocaine in a false compartment. Also found was nearly $6,000 in cash.

Arrested for unlawful possession, delivery and manufacturing of cocaine were 26-year-old Christopher Winters, 36-year-old Taylor Thruelsen and 37-year-old Christopher Carrigan. Winters is from Mill Creek, Washington. The other two are from Issaquah, Washington.