State troopers: Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Gorst

K-9 “Max” was instrumental in the arrest on January 3.

State troopers seized about three-quarters of a pound of crystal meth following a traffic stop in Gorst on Thursday.

The driver was pulled over on State Route 16 around 7:28 a.m. for speeding and making an improper lane change, police said.

Troopers were alerted to the presence of narcotics by police dog “Max,” Washington State Patrol spokesperson Chelsea Hodgson reported. The vehicle was impounded and searched at WSP headquarters in Bremerton, police said.

A 57-year-old Olalla man faces felony drug charges. The man, whose name has not been released, has a a prior felony conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, according to police.

Washington state police have 15 K-9 units designated for narcotics statewide. Two are stationed on the Olympic Peninsula; one in Bremerton, and one in Hoquiam.

Gabe Stutman is a reporter with the Kitsap News Group. Follow him on Twitter @kitsapgabe.

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