$190,000 of meth seized in Grant County

GRANT COUNTY, Wash - Grant County Sheriff's Office said they seized over $190,000 of meth on Tuesday. 

GCSO said on Sept 17 a Washington State Patrol Trooper pulled over a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche for speeding on State Route 283 near George.

The driver was cited and released for having a suspended California driver license. WSP impounded the vehicle. 

GCSO said a few days later the tow operator was looking in the vehicle for information on the registered owner, when he discovered a suspicious package containing what he believed to be methamphetamine. 

The tow operator alerted authorities and the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team worked to get a search warrant for the vehicle. 

On Sept 27, INET detectives, along with the Kennewick Police Department's drug interdiction K-9 team, served the search warrant on the Avalanche. 

GCSO said detectives found a hidden interior compartment holding over six and a half pounds of packaged meth with a street value of over $190,000. 

A warrant for the arrest of the driver is pending. 

"This is a good example of what traffic enforcement can accomplish," said Sheriff Tom Jones. "Not only does traffic enforcement help get suspended and dangerous drivers off the road, it periodically leads us to products of drug trafficking and other illegal ventures."