State police nets pills, marijuana during traffic stops

The Detroit News

Police searches during vehicle stops on southbound Interstate 75 netted contraband including pills and marijuana, Michigan State Police said Sunday.

Troopers searching a rental vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation in Wayne County found more than a 100 hydrocodone pills hidden in the spare tire well, Michigan State Police said Sunday.

The Special Enforcement Section of the Hometown Security team stopped the vehicle Saturday on southbound Interstate 75. Suspicious that the occupants had no luggage or toiletries for what the occupants described as a trip from Akron, Ohio, to Metro Detroit for a visit with family, troopers used MSP K9 Otto to conduct a sniff around the outside of the vehicle.

Otto, troopers said, gave a “positive indication” and a search commenced. Troopers found 157 hydrocodone pills — opioid pain medication, according to a statement from MSP.

The occupants were arrested.

MSP reported that also on Saturday, troopers stopped a passenger vehicle on southbound I-75 for “following too closely.”

When troopers talked to the occupants, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the MSP statement said. A search was conducted during which troopers found 252 ecstasy pills and 2 ounces of marijuana hidden in the trunk.

The Tennessee driver, who said he bought the contraband at a gas station in Detroit, was arrested.