Traffic Stop on I-5 Leads to Seizure of 50 Pounds of Cocaine - Driver Arrested (Photo)

June 23, 2014 11:20

  

On Friday June 20, 2014, at 5:12 p.m., Portland Police officers conducted a traffic stop on I-5 northbound at Delta Park. Officers noted that the driver, 28-year-old Charles Taesung Pak, was nervous, driving a rental car and couldn't answer basic questions. Pak is a Canadian citizen from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Based on the officer's observations, they asked Pak for consent to search his car called for a Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) narcotics K-9 to respond to the stop. Pak consented to the search and "Nikko" the narcotics dog discovered approximately 50 pounds (20 kilos) of cocaine in the vehicle.

Investigators from DVD responded to assist with the investigation.

The current US street value of the seized cocaine is approximately $420,000; in Canada, where police believe the cocaine was destined for is approximately $920,000.

Pak was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manufacturing, Distribution and Possession of Cocaine.

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