I-90 traffic stop leads to $6.5 million fentanyl, heroin bust
The drugs were found in a black lunch box. (Photo: Wash. State Patrol)

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. - A traffic stop by a trooper cadet and his training officer led to the discovery of illegal opioids valued at nearly $6.5 million, the Washington State Patrol reports.

The incident unfolded Aug. 4 when the troopers pulled over a vehicle for following too closely on eastbound Interstate 90 near the State Route 18 interchange, said Trooper Rick Johnson of the State Patrol.

During the stop, the driver of the pulled-over vehicle appeared to be extremely nervous so the training officer asked for consent to search the vehicle.

Consent was granted and a narcotics detection K-9 dog was brought to the scene by a Snoqualmie-North Bend police officer. The dog found a lunch box behind the driver's seat that was stuffed with 10 pounds of fentanyl and two pounds of heroin, Johnson said.

The fentanyl was estimated to have a street value of $6.4 million and the heroin was valued at $75,000.

The illegal drugs were seized and the driver was taken into custody.

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