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State police seize 1,049 opioid pills, pot on I-75

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A traffic stop that started because a vehicle was following another too closely ended with the arrests of three men and the seizure of more than 1,000 opioid prescription pills and a small amount of marijuana on Interstate 75 in southern Wayne County, Michigan State Police said in a statement.

The traffic stop was made on Monday by troopers with the Hometown Security Team, who do patrols in high-crime areas. Troopers stopped a vehicle traveling south on I-75 in southern Wayne County because it was following too closely.

A traffic stop that started because a vehicle was following another too closely ended with the arrests of two men and the seizure of more than 1,000 opioid prescription pills and a small amount of marijuana on Interstate 75 in southern Wayne County, Michigan State Police said in a statement.

Troopers soon learned the vehicle was rented by an individual who wasn’t present in the vehicle, then “received conflicting stories from all three occupants,” and decided to deploy K-9 officer “Otto” to sniff the vehicle. Otto did, and indicated there were drugs inside, according to the statement.

Police conducted a probable-cause search and found a small amount of pot “shake” in the vehicle, but nothing else illegal. Then they searched the driver and two passengers, during which they say they recovered 1,049 oxycodone pills from the pants of the two male passengers, who were arrested on suspicion of drug possession with intent to distribute. The driver of the vehicle and the vehicle are also "lodged," Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police added.

Shaw declined to name the specific community where the pullover and arrests took place.

Prosecutors are reviewing the case.

jdickson@detroitnews.com