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Tumwater Police Department's K9 James led an officer to the discovery of a drug cache in a vehicle.

TUMWATER — A routined traffic stop led a Tumwater police officers and a drug-sniffing K9 dog to the discovery nearly 13 pounds of methamphetamine and more than a pound of heroin.

Tumwater Police Department reports that Officer Russ Mize recently pulled over a vehicle in the 5500 block of Littlerock Road Southwest to arrest the driver for a criminal traffic violation and possession of a dangerous weapon.

A woman passenger was found to have an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest and was also detained, according to Tumwater police.

“The astute officer observed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and the arrested female was found to be in possession of $1,477,” Tumwater police reported in a Facebook post.

Mize requested the help of K9 James to sniff for drugs in the vehicle and the dog alerted the officer about drugs in the vehicle.

The officer obtained a search warrant and recovered 206.8 ounces of methamphetamine and 21.1 ounces of heroin, drug paraphernalia and narcotics packaging material, according to the report.

Charges were filed with the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office.

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