44 pounds of marijuana seized, 2 arrested during traffic stop


Jessie Olivia Tear, 39, (left) and Patrick James Haenelt III, 44, (right) were arrested after 44 pounds of marijuana were found in their vehicle.

Two Seattle residents were arrested Friday night after about 44 pounds of marijuana were seized during a routine traffic stop in Oregon, police said.

A trooper stopped a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta on Interstate 5 north of Medford at milepost 31 for a speed violation just before 9:30 p.m.

According to the Oregon State Police, the trooper found three large garbage bags containing individually sealed packages of pot, which was about 44 pounds and had an estimated value of $88,000.

The driver, 39-year-old Jessie Olivia Tear, and the passenger, 44-year-old Patrick James Haenelt III, were arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail for unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance.