BANNOCK COUNTY, Idaho — Law enforcement in southern Idaho seized a substantial amount of drugs following a traffic stop near Pocatello. The incident occurred Tuesday, July 2.

According to the Idaho State Police, while patrolling Interstate-86, a Domestic Highway Enforcement trooper observed a white Hyundai Genesis with an invalid registration. A traffic stop was initiated. The driver, a 23-year-old woman from Tulare, California, did not have a valid driver’s license. Suspicious behavior was observed from the occupants. The trooper also detected the odor of marijuana and paraphernalia inside the vehicle. A thorough vehicle search was conducted. Troopers discovered and seized multiple THC vape cartridges and significant quantities of methamphetamine. 18 plastic packages containing methamphetamine, weighing approximately 18.1 pounds were seized.

The female driver was arrested and booked into the Bannock County Jail for Trafficking Methamphetamine. The three additional occupants in the vehicle were also arrested.  A 34-year-old female also from Tulare, California was booked into Bannock County Jail for Trafficking Methamphetamine.  Two juvenile males were also arrested and booked into Bannock County Juvenile Detention Center for Trafficking Illegal Drugs.

Sergeant Chris Cottrell said, “This seizure highlights our unwavering commitment to removing illegal drugs from our communities. These dangerous substances pose significant risks to public health and safety, and we remain dedicated to protecting our citizens.”

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, composed of members from the Idaho State Police.

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