I-Team: Traffic stop on I-15 leads trooper to nearly 75 pounds of meth


Amount equal to 200,000+ particular person doses, officers estimate

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a pickup truck Monday on Interstate 15, discovering 74 pounds of methamphetamine through the site visitors stop, court docket paperwork obtained by the I-Team mentioned.

The truck was towing an unregistered trailer, which led to the stop close to the Flamingo Road exit northbound, officers wrote.

The driver, Jaquavius Powell, informed the trooper he and his passenger have been touring from San Diego to Georgia. Powell defined he was transporting the empty trailer as half of an interstate transportation company, court docket paperwork mentioned.

During an inspection of the trailer, the trooper discovered a black plastic trunk. In it have been two massive plastic baggage containing “numerous vacuum sealed plastic packages containing what [the trooper] recognized to be a large quantity of a crystal-like substance,” paperwork mentioned.

In court docket paperwork, the trooper famous Powell had no documentation on him displaying he labored for a professional (*75*) or that he was a licensed industrial driver.

A check confirmed the crystal-like substance was methamphetamine. One pound of meth is sufficient for 3,200 particular person doses, officers estimate.

Powell was arrested on prices of conspiracy to distribute a managed substance and possession with intent to distribute a managed substance.

Last year, the I-Team investigated the intensive cross-border drug community funneling huge quantities of methamphetamine into Las Vegas to be trafficked and offered. From 2017 to 2019, the quantity of meth seized greater than doubled from 47,000 pounds to 112,000 pounds, officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration mentioned.