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OSP: Fla. man thought I-5 tire blowout was shot at car; nearly $30K found with diapers

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Oregon State Police say Florida man who thought a tire blowout was someone shooting at car had large sum of cash hidden in package of diapers.

OSP says he had marijuana; nearly $30K found hidden in diaper package

ROSEBURG, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A motorist from Florida called Oregon State Police to report he'd been shot at while driving on Interstate 5 -- but it actually was a tire blowout, troopers said. Now he faces charges after marijuana was found in his car, along with nearly $30,000 in cash, hidden in a package of diapers.

Troopers said they received a report shortly before midnight Sunday from a motorist who said he'd been shot at on the freeway in northern Douglas County.

They said the driver, later identified as Juan Felipe Moreno, 20, kept driving north for about 20 miles on a flat tire before he was found at a rest area in southern Lane County.

"Subsequent investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of marijuana," OSP said in a news release Wednsday, "and his paranoia led him to believe he had been shot at after a tire on his vehicle had a blowout."

Troopers said they found about 95 grams of marijuana, marijuana items and $29,790 in cash, the latter concealed in a package of diapers.

Moreno and passenger Jose Noe Guisjon, 30, of California, will be referred to the Lane County District Attorney's Office on money laundering charges. Moreno also was cited for DUII.

OSP was assisted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Medford office.

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