Troopers make traffic stop, find 30 pounds of cocaine

Drugs had estimated street value of $500,000, state patrol spokesman said

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Washington State Patrol troopers on March 6 stopped a truck on Interstate 5 for traffic violations and found 30 pounds of cocaine, officials said.

The patrol declined to comment about whether arrests were made. A spokesman said the investigation is ongoing.

The traffic stop occurred at about 7 a.m. on I-5 north near Milepost 20, just south of Woodland, said Trooper Ryan Tanner, a state patrol spokesman.

Troopers pulled over a 2008 Dodge pickup with California plates. After the stop, they issued a search warrant, a release said.

Troopers then found 30 pounds of cocaine in the truck.

“From my experience, that is a considerable amount of any narcotic, especially cocaine,” Tanner said.

The find’s estimated street value is about $500,000, Tanner said, depending on the location.