Troopers locate 8 pounds of fentanyl during traffic stop, California man arrested

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. - A California man was arrested after troopers found eight pounds of fentanyl in his vehicle during a traffic stop, according to Michigan State Police.

At 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, troopers pulled over a vehicle on I-94, near mile marker 55, for traffic violations.

While speaking with the driver, troopers suspected criminal activity and received permission to search the vehicle.

During the search, troopers found four kilos (8.8 pounds) of fentanyl stuffed into a duffel bag, reports said.

Each kilo was wrapped in individual bags.

During the investigation, troopers found an additional two kilos of suspected fentanyl at a second location, according to reports.

Troopers also found approximately $30,000 in cash at the second location, reports said.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a 25-year-old California man, was arrested and taken to the Van Buren County Jail on charges for possession with intent to deliver more than 1,000 grams of fentanyl.

Evidence showed the man was allegedly smuggling fentanyl from California to Michigan.

This was the largest capture of fentanyl during a traffic stop in Michigan, according to MSP's Hometown Security Team.

Two milligrams of fentanyl are considered lethal, according to police.

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