Sheriff: 2 arrested after forgetting bag full of cash at motel

Linn County deputies responded to the Pioneer Villa Truck Plaza off Highway 228 east of Halsey for a suspicious bag with cash found in a motel room on Sept,. 26, 2020, Linn County Sheriff's Office said. (LCSO photo)

LINN COUNTY, Ore. (KMTR) — The Linn County Sheriff's Office in Oregon says they responded to a call for a suspicious bag found in a motel room Saturday at the Pioneer Villa Truck Plaza.

An employee was cleaning the room after two guests checked out and found a bag full of cash.

"Deputies responded to the location and discovered the bag contained a large sum of cash," the sheriff's office said.

Deputies contacted Kyle Miller-Masel, 35, from California, who returned after he realized he left the cash.

Deputies contacted the second guest, Jason Hartnett, 36, from California, walking away in the parking lot, who had an additional large amount of cash stuffed in his pockets.

During the investigation, deputies searched the vehicle associated with Miller-Masel and Hartnett.

"Deputies located multiple large duffle bags containing marijuana residue and evidence of marijuana distribution," LCSO said. "Multiple items were seized to include the cash."

Miller-Masel and Hartnett were charged with Illegal Import/Export of Marijuana Item, Deliver of Marijuana and Criminal Conspiracy.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.