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Seized pot worth $1.2 million

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

Federal Way Police are working with local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI, to find the beginning and end of a drug run by a man busted in Federal Way last Sunday.

“We’re pretty sure he had more than he could use on his own,” said Federal Way Police Commander Stan McCall after police found about 120 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.2 million in a truck that authorities said the 38-year-old man was driving.

“He was probably delivering it to someone and he probably picked it up from someone,” McCall said. “There are other people.”

Police approached the suspect about 1:15 p.m. Sunday after a caller to authorities said he was acting suspiciously. McCall said on Monday he wasn’t sure what the man was doing that prompted the citizen to call the police.

The man had backed a white cargo truck, which had California license plates, up against some bushes at the Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse on Enchanted Parkway South. When officers arrived, they approached the man, who was in the cargo portion of the truck.

When he got out, police saw what appeared to be baggies of marijuana in a large, black plastic bag.

Officers detained the man and he admitted there was marijuana in the truck. Special Investigations Unit officers got a warrant and took the truck to the police station to search it.

They found a false wall in the cargo section of the truck, behind which were 112 baggies of marijuana weighing 1.1 pounds each. Police estimate the street value of the marijuana to be up to $1.2 million.

McCall said police have had several large drug seizures in the department’s history, but said “this is probably one of the biggest marijuana seizures in a while.”

Police have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of methamphetamines on the street and a steady rise in cocaine’s popularity. Even heroin has been on the rise again in the past five or six years, according to authorities.

“Marijuana has not died away, but it’s not as big from a moneymaking standpoint,” McCall said.

Staff writer Erica Jahn: 925-5565, ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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