SALEM - Two men were arrested in Salem Tuesday after three pounds of marijuana were found hidden in their car, police said.

A Marion County deputy saw a car stopped on Ankeny Hill in Salem, just off Interstate 5 where a man was looking under the hood.

Deputies said the man told them his girlfriend was driving but she had gone to WalMart to buy a new car radiator and that he was from California.

None of his explanation made sense, officer Don Thomson said.

The deputy said he saw a meth pipe hanging from the rear view mirror, and smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana inside of the car.

After a record check 42-year-old passenger Eric Forsgren was arrested on several warrants out of Clackamas County.

Driver Eric Kooyers admitted smoking methamphetamine a few hours prior and was arrested on a parole violation on pot possession charges. Deputies searched the car and said they found coffee cans partially filled with coffee beans concealing three pounds of marijuana and what appeared to be a drug sales log.

Investigators think the pot was recently purchased in southern Oregon and intended for sale.

Both men were charged with possessing pot and methamphetamine and possession of marijuana for delivery.

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