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State police find 13 pounds of pot in flipped car

Three men from the Portland area are arrested on drug charges after crashing near Rogue River
by: Special to, Oregon State Police confiscated 13.5 pounds of marijuana from a Ford Explorer that flipped on I-5 Saturday night. Three men from the Portland area were arrested on drug charges.

Three Portland-area men were in the Jackson County Jail Saturday night after Oregon State Police discovered about $40,000 worth of marijuana in their overturned Ford Explorer.

Police say Milwaukie resident Scott Firkus, 35, was driving the sport utility vehicle north on I-5 near Rogue River in Southern Oregon at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he drifted into a median and flipped the car several times.

Matthew Kahoe, a 23-year-old man from Northeast Portland, and William Walker, a 34-year-old Oregon City man, were passengers, police said. Kahoe was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Hospital in Grant's Pass.

When state troopers responded to the scene of the crash, they smelled marijuana, brought in a narcotics-sniffing dog to search the vehicle and found more than 13 pounds of the drug.

The three men were jailed and charged with unlawful possession and distribution of marijuana.