Police nab load of hash, marijuana on I-5

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- A Myrtle Creek police officer allegedly found what was estimated as over a half pound of hashish during an investigation at a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say that just before 3:30 p.m., an officer stopped a 1999 4-door Cadillac headed northbound on Interstate 5 for some traffic violations.

A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of what was estimated as a half pound or more of hashish, as well as what officials say were user amounts of marijuana.

In addition, police say they found scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Jacob Addison Ellis, 29, of Myers Flat, California, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession and delivery of hashish and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Another passenger, Patrick Howard Pringle, 61, of Cottage Grove, Ore., was arrested and charged by police with manufacture of marijuana.

The driver, Shane Paul Rise, 46, of Roncevert, West Virginia, was cited and released at the scene for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

According to police, the men were headed up to the Oregon Country Fair, which starts Friday in Veneta.