Trooper uncovers drug cache during Preston traffic stop

June 1, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3 p.m. June 1, 2011

Police arrested a Seattle man toting marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and more than 200 Ecstasy tablets during a Preston traffic stop Tuesday morning.

The arrest occurred after a state trooper stopped a Honda Accord for illegally dark window tinting near milepost 22 along westbound Interstate 90 just before 11 a.m. The trooper smelled marijuana inside the Honda during the stop, and the driver allowed the trooper to search inside the vehicle.

The trooper uncovered 216 Ecstasy tablets, 4.7 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 5 grams of marijuana, methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia, plus a .45 caliber handgun and $1,816 in American and Canadian currency.

Police arrested a 29-year-old passenger, Nehemiah Williams, for drug possession with intent to distribute. He remains in custody at the King County Jail after a judge denied him bail.

Meanwhile, the trooper notified the driver about the window tinting. The trooper said he “could not see inside the vehicle” and used a tint meter to determine if the tinting met the legal requirement, Trooper Julie Startup said. Such dark tinting can pose a threat to officer safety, she added.

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