Two out-of-state men were arrested after police said they found 5 pounds of marijuana Thursday during a traffic stop in Grant County.
Daniel Aaron Presley, 32, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and James Clarence Mack, 54, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, each face charges of exporting more than 1 pound of marijuana from the state, criminal conspiracy to export more than 1 pound of marijuana and possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana in a public place, according to information filed in court Friday by Grant County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mara Houck.
Oregon State Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving Dayville at about 8:30 a.m., and Sgt. Tom Hutchison stopped the vehicle at about 8:51 a.m. on Highway 26 in Prairie City.
“A consent search of the vehicle was conducted, and about 5 pounds of marijuana was discovered, along with $3161.00 in cash,” Hutchison said in his report.
Subsequent investigation revealed Presley, Mack and a female passenger, Margaret Elizabeth Muir, acquired the marijuana in Bend and planned to transport it to Wyoming, Hutchison said.
Presley also faces one charge of delivery of marijuana, according to court documents, and Mack, the driver, faces one charge of giving false information to a police officer as well as traffic infractions. The exporting and conspiracy charges are felonies.
Muir, 19, Cheyenne, Wyoming, was issued a citation and released, according to OSP records.
A third male passenger, a 21-year-old Baker City resident, was released with no action taken.
The vehicle was seized and towed.
A status check is set for Presley and Mack at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 15 in Grant County Circuit Court.