Police nab man and 149 pounds of pot

December 21, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Police arrested a man near Issaquah last week, as investigators said he attempted to transport 149 pounds of marijuana to Chicago.

Eastside Narcotics Task Force officers arrested the 38-year-old Golden Valley, Minn., man on eastbound Interstate 90 between Preston and North Bend, Bellevue Police Department spokeswoman Officer Carla Iafrate said.

Investigators estimated the street value of the marijuana at about $500,000.

“This was a great case by a dedicated unit who made this arrest and seizure,” task force Capt. Steve Lynch said in a statement. “These types of drug trafficking cases are often tied to larger criminal enterprises.”

Investigators nabbed the man after receiving a detailed tip. Before the arrest, task force members staked out a hotel in Issaquah for two days.

Then, the task force obtained a search warrant. The arrest occurred during a traffic stop. The narcotics K-9 team from the Washington State Patrol assisted in the arrest.

Police said the man carried about $15,000 in cash at the time of the arrest.

The narcotics unit includes officers from the Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Redmond police departments, plus the King County Sheriff’s Office and the state patrol.

“Anything we can do to make a dent in their profits and keep the product from getting to the street is well worth it,” Lynch said in the release.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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