Archive for Monday, March 21, 2005

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

March 21, 2005, 12:49 p.m.

Updated: March 24, 2005, 12:00 a.m.

— Two men are in custody after a traffic stop turned into a drug bust Friday afternoon in Lansing.

Police Chief Steve Wayman said Kurtz Griffin Jr., 24, Leavenworth, and Michael Porter, 27, Kansas City, Kan., face charges of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs.

Wayman said Griffin was driving through town about 5:45 p.m. Friday when a police officer noticed the car had no brake lights. After the car was pulled over at Petro Deli at Main Street and Fairlane, Wayman said, the officer noticed the driver seemed nervous and had tossed something under the car seat.

In the car, the officer found between 50 and 60 individually wrapped packages of what police believe is crack cocaine, plus seven tablets of what they suspect is Ecstasy. In addition, the suspects had about $300 in cash, including what police think are two counterfeit $20 bills.

The packages and the tablets have been sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation laboratory for testing. The U.S. Secret Service, which investigates cases involving counterfeit currency, also has been contacted.

"While we may not have made a big dent, we threw up a speed bump in these guys' plans for the weekend," Wayman said. "There were way more drugs there than these two could use by themselves."

Wayman praised the work of the patrol officer, whom he declined to identify.

"The officer did a real good job going from a brake light violation to a major felony," Wayman said. "That's quite a little bit of crack cocaine. It's a dent for this area, and that's good."

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