The Medford drug squad regularly busts traffickers taking buses on Interstate 5 through Southern Oregon. But they say arresting two suspects with separate sizeable shipments on the same bus was startling.
Lt. Brett Johnson tells the Medford Mail Tribune there's no evidence that two men who got on the bus in California were working together. He says it's clear the bags of drugs were from separate batches.
Officers got separate tips about the two shipments and arrested the men at a stop April 9 near Phoenix, south of Medford.
Officers said Vincente Gomez-Chavez, believed to be from California, had 4.5 pounds of heroin and a pound of meth, and 27-year-old Jaime Joel Ruiz-Perez of Salem was accused of carrying 11 containers with a pound each of meth.