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Traffic stop leads to drug busts worth over $1.2 million

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A traffic stop in Moses Lake earlier in the month led to heroin and meth busts with a combined street value of $1.2 million.

Moses Lake police originally found nearly eight pounds of methamphetamine and heroin during a traffic stop on October 5.

A Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation then served seven more warrants, which led to the busts of 25 more pounds of methamphetamine, seven pounds of heroin, and 40 pounds of processed marijuana.

“This is huge,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “In fact, it's the largest drug seizure in the history of INET.”

27-year-old Maria Chavez Diaz of Moses Lake was arrested during the investigation. The suspect that was originally arrested during the traffic stop on October 5, Jose Miranda, is now in Federal Custody on drug charges.

The warrants were served on various homes and storage units throughout the county. Police also found nine guns (two stolen), body armor, a money counter, and a metal detector.