Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
Serious Highway Crime Apprehension Team (SHCAT) Trooper
Makes Drug Arrest with Narcotics K9 Assistance
Ellensburg – Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Pilkington arrests driver with 1 ounce of methamphetamine and ½ ounce of gun powder brown heroin after stopping a vehicle for speeding along I-90. On January 23, 2017 at about 8:45pm, Trooper Pilkington stopped a rental car from Oregon for speeding eastbound I-90 at milepost 101 near Ellensburg, WA. Upon further investigation, Trooper Pilkington determined the 40 year old male driver, from Marysville, WA had several outstanding warrants and was driving on a suspended driver's license.
Trooper Pilkington, who received additional training from WSP's Serious Highway Crime Apprehension Team (SHCAT) requested assistance from Narcotics K9 Trooper Woodside and his K9 partner Brakken. Brakken is a two year old Chocolate Cocker Spaniel. K9 Brakken and Trooper Woodside conducted a consent search where K9 Brakken alerted to several locations within the vehicle. Crystal methamphetamine, gun powder brown heroin, drug paraphernalia, drug scales, baggies and $1,767 in US currency were seized. The driver was booked into the Kittitas Co. Jail.
The current street value for 1 ounce of methamphetamine is $500-600. The current street value for 1 ounce of gun powder brown heroin is $1,000.
WSP SHCAT members work through proactive traffic law enforcement to interdict serious crimes involving weapons, drugs, illegal proceeds and terrorism throughout the state.
The WSP's Narcotic Canine Unit is deployed to counties identified by High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) throughout the Puget Sound and Yakima regions. The Narcotic Teams provide support to field forces, local task forces and federal agencies on multi-jurisdictional warrants./>