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Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Illicit Drugs near Pocatello

POCATELLO, Idaho – In the early hours of February 8th, Domestic Highway Enforcement Team (DHE) troopers initiated a traffic stop on a 2013 Chrysler 300 for an equipment violation near Pocatello. During the stop, the occupants raised suspicion of criminal activity, and a trained drug detection canine was deployed, which alerted troopers to the odor of illegal drugs coming from inside the vehicle. As a result, a probable cause search revealed the discovery and seizure of approximately 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine and 3,000 fentanyl pills hidden inside a spare tire.

“This seizure underscores the relentless efforts of law enforcement to combat illegal drugs in our communities,” stated DHE Sergeant Curt Sproat. “The dangers associated with these illicit substances cannot be overstated as they pose a grave threat to public health and safety in our communities. We are committed to removing them from our streets.”

The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody pending further investigation.

ISP continues to prioritize the safety and security of the people of Idaho. We remain dedicated to Governor Little’s Esto Perpetua and combatting the illegal drug trade to remove illicit activity from our streets.

“We urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities. Together, we can work towards a safer, drug-free environment for all,” said Sproat.

The DHE Team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that identifies, disrupts, and dismantles local, multi-state, and international drug trafficking organizations using an intelligence-driven, multi-agency, prosecutor-supported approach. The Team is supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, also composed of members from the Idaho State Police, which is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives.

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates with and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement initiatives.