Guns, gold and drugs seized during DUI stop in Aberdeen

Guns, gold and drugs seized during DUI stop in Aberdeen

A large quantity of marijuana was seized during the check

A large quantity of cash, gold, marijuana and several loaded firearms were seized during a drunk driving stop last week in Aberdeen.

The initial call involved a driver asleep behind the wheel of a black pickup truck in the middle of an intersection near Port Industrial Road around 11:20 p.m. on June 5, according to a news release from the Aberdeen Police Department.

The caller, who said there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, attempted to contact the driver, who appeared confused before driving east on Heron Street, according to the news release.

Police spotted the vehicle on Heron Street showing signs of impaired driving and stopped it on suspicion of driving under the influence and arrested the 63-year-old Seattle man.

The vehicle was towed to the police station; After obtaining a search warrant, police found four loaded handguns, about $8,000 in cash, more than $30,000 in gold coins and bars and about a kilogram of marijuana, Lt. Dave Cox said during a telephone interview.

The driver was arrested and booked into the Aberdeen Police Department Jail on charges of driving while intoxicated, firearms violations arising from driving while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The investigation is ongoing. The man was later released.

Contact senior reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or [email protected].