MSP: Traffic stop yields 3 kilos of fentanyl

Southwest Michigan

PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say they confiscated an “alarming” three kilograms of fentanyl during a traffic stop along I-94 in southwest Michigan.

MSP says that during a Thursday traffic stop somewhere in Van Buren County, its troopers spotted “several indicators of criminal activity.” When they asked to search the vehicle, they found the drugs in a hidden compartment in the trunk.

MSP said the three kilos works out to some 3 million doses of the powerful opioid.

“It’s one of the biggest fentanyl seizures we’ve seen,” MSP Detective Lt. Shane Criger told News 8 Friday. “And as we all know, fentanyl is responsible for numerous overdoses in the past several years and they’ve been on the rise. So with this much fentanyl, it potentially saved a lot of lives with a traffic stop like this.”

The driver, a 23-year-old California man, was arrested and expected to face charges, though MSP hasn’t yet said precisely what those charges will be.

The woman who was in the car with him was released.

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