2 arrested, stolen goods recovered during traffic stop

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WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) – A traffic stop in Washington County turned led to the recovery of tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise.

Utah Highway Patrol said an SUV occupied by Fernando Vega-Gort and Mario Vargas was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 15.

The trooper smelled an odor of burnt and raw marijuana. Since neither person had a medical marijuana card or valid driver’s license, the SUV was searched.

The search yielded many large garbage bags filled with name brand clothing and merchandise. The merchandise still had security tags and price tags affixed. The driver and passenger were both arrested without incident for the stolen goods.

Investigators said the estimated value of the merchandise is nearly $27,000.

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