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COOS COUNTY – The biggest drug bust in the history of Coos County went down last month when 10 pounds of methamphetamine were discovered during a routine traffic stop by Oregon State Police.

Details of the bust have been released this week by the Coos County Sheriff's Office.

The seizure came after Oregon State Senior Trooper Jeff Smith and Recruit Trooper James Jarrel pulled over a vehicle for several minor traffic infractions as they were headed down U.S. Highway 101 in North Bend.

Coquille Tribal Police Officer Robert Scoville and his K-9 “Ben” were called to the scene. After the first search, no controlled substances were found officers remained suspicious. The car was seized and taken to the Oregon State Police in Coos Bay Area Command.

On Thursday, state police were assisted by the Coquille Tribal Police Department, Coos Bay Police, and the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT) in executing a search warrant on the vehicle.

During the search, 10.8 pounds of meth was located in a hidden compartment.

“Charges of Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine are being referred to the Coos County District Attorney's Office on the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle,” the release said.

The name of the driver has not been released yet.

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at jillian.ward@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.

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