A 29-year-old Shakopee man was arrested in Oregon last week with 200 pounds of marijuana that authorities say was destined for Minnesota.
Pandy Hout of Shakopee and Lor Meng, 28, of Sacramento, California, were arrested on Interstate 5 near Merlin after being pulled over for speeding in a 2017 Ford Explorer.
During the traffic stop, the trooper became suspicious, searched the vehicle, and found 200 pounds of packaged marijuana. The driver was Hout, and the duo had flown into Oregon from Denver, rented the SUV, driven to California and picked up the pot, and were headed to Minnesota, according to an Oregon State Police news release.
They were booked into the Josephine County Jail and charged with importing/exporting more than 16 pounds of marijuana across state lines, possession of over 8 pounds of pot in a public place and unlawful delivery of over 16 pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Each charge is a class C felony.
Capt. Bill Fugate, public information officer for the Oregon State Police, said recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, but it cannot be trafficked in or out of the state.
“These guys were obviously trafficking,” he said.
He said he believes both men have already bonded out of jail.