Traffic stop turns to drug bust for county deputies

Herald staff

STANWOOD — A traffic stop turned into a large drug bust for Snohomish County deputies Wednesday night, after they discovered a van packed with 287 pounds of processed marijuana worth more than $800,000.

Deputies stopped the van on southbound I-5 near the exit to Stanwood for an outstanding warrant at 11:30 p.m., sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said Thursday. They were tipped off by the strong smell of marijuana and called in officers with the county’s regional drug task force, she said.

Police discovered 13 plastic garbage bags, each filled with 22 one-pound bags of marijuana, she said. One suspect was booked into the county jail on possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Jorgensen declined to release further information about the suspect, saying it could interfere with further investigations.

  • Bank robbed: For the second time in as many days, Everett was hit by a bank robbery.

    A man entered the U.S. Bank branch at 11:17 a.m. Thursday and demanded money from a teller, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

    The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, and the man fled on foot from the bank at 404 128th St. SW. No weapons were seen, and the man never suggested he had one.

    The robbery came almost exactly 24 hours after a man gave a teller at Cascade Bank on Evergreen Way a note demanding money and indicating he had a weapon.

    Differing descriptions of the robbers and their methods are leading investigators to believe the crimes weren’t committed by the same person, said Ray Lauer, an agent with the Seattle office of the FBI.

    No arrests have been made in either case, he said.

    Thursday’s robber was described as a white man, age 35 to 45, roughly 5-feet-11 inches tall, weighing 180 to 220 pounds. He had a dark beard and mustache, possibly false, and wore a light-colored baseball cap, beige jacket, dark pants and sunglasses.

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