Pasco police officers seize haul of drugs and guns from a teenager

Pasco police officers seize haul of drugs and guns from a teenager
Image credit: Pasco Police Department, Facebook

PASCO, Wash. — What began as a routine traffic stop resulted in the seizure of massive quantities of illegal drugs and guns that put a teenager behind bars.

According to Sgt. Rigo Pruneda of the Pasco Police Department, officers stopped a male suspect in his vehicle on Saturday and shortly after, noticed evidence of possible drugs and guns inside. They arrested the 17-year-old driver for allegedly driving with a suspended license and a K9 unit was deployed to the scene.

When the K9 detected possible evidence of narcotics, Pasco police officers obtained a search warrant and uncovered a tremendous haul of drugs and guns. This cache of illegal items included each of the following, per Sgt. Pruneda:

  • Between 350 and 400 “Mexi” pills (drugs laced with fentanyl)
  • 118 Xanax pills
  • Three blocks of uncut cocaine totaling 241.1 grams
  • Three firearms (two rifles and one pistol—two of which were stolen)
  • 13 amphetamine pills
  • Four jars of THC paste
  • Four jars marijuana
  • $2,912 in cash

Local law enforcement agencies across South and Central Washington are observing high drug rates related to the opioid epidemic—largely fueled by fentanyl and laced items like the recovered Mexi pills.

By recovering these drugs, Pasco police officers are preventing more addiction and in many cases, deaths in their community.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are publically revealed.

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