Sterling Heights police say they discovered 6 kilos of cocaine during an Oct. 12 traffic stop.

Sterling Heights police say they discovered 6 kilos of cocaine during an Oct. 12 traffic stop.

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Cops discover 6 kilos of cocaine in vehicle

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 26, 2021

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STERLING HEIGHTS — An officer’s traffic stop ended in a significant discovery of drugs Oct. 12, according to the Sterling Heights Police Department.

Police said they saw a vehicle commit a moving violation at around 5 p.m. on Dequindre Road, by Metropolitan Parkway, so they pulled it over. Upon investigation, police reportedly saw six big packages in the vehicle’s back seat and thought that they looked like narcotics.

Police confirmed that the packages contained 6 kilos of cocaine, worth a total of approximately $650,000.

“That was definitely a substantial amount there that the officers found,” Sterling Heights police Sgt. Aaron Susalla said.

“Our officers are dedicated to keep our city the safest big city in Michigan, and they did an outstanding job to rid our community of these drugs,” the Police Department added in a statement.   

Police said the driver, who was the vehicle’s only occupant, was arrested, and on Oct. 14, he was arraigned in 41-A District Court before Magistrate Michael Piatek. The suspect was charged with possessing over 1,000 grams of cocaine with the intent of delivering it. The court said the suspect’s bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety.

The suspect’s listed attorney, Dawn Walton, could not be reached for comment by press time.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department by calling (586) 446-2800.

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