The United States Drug Enforcement Administration has made what is believed to be the biggest seizure of meth in western Pennsylvania history. Authorities seized approximately 122 pounds of meth and 10 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were estimated to have a street value of $2.5 million. A 33-year old man was detained in connection with the drug seizure.
DEA agents were watching for drug activity along Interstate 79 and Route 422 when they allegedly spotted suspicious activity at a travel plaza. Officers observed a man park a vehicle with West Virginia license plates near a vehicle with California license plates. The man then went to the trunk of the vehicle while the woman went inside the travel plaza. When the woman returned to the vehicle, the man left. The man then allegedly pulled out onto Interstate 79. DEA agents believed that the man’s activity was consistent with drug trafficking, so they decided to continue to follow him.
Several minutes later, a state troop officer pulled him over for having window tint that was too dark to comply with Pennsylvania regulations. The officer discovered that the vehicle was not registered to the man driving the car and that he had an outstanding warrant in Michigan. Upon searching the vehicle, police allegedly found 4.58 kilograms of cocaine and 55.5 kilograms of meth in the trunk. The man was then detained and charged with drug conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute meth.
Most federal crimes that involve drug possession rely on the drugs as the primary evidence. It’s important that the drugs were seized using the proper methods and authority. In some cases, a defense lawyer may be able to show that the drugs weren’t sent out for the proper testing. This could ultimately lessen the charges.