Law enforcement officers arrested a man early Thursday after finding drugs and thousands in cash in the man’s vehicle during a traffic stop in South Tacoma.
A Tacoma police officer and state Department of Corrections officer working on Tacoma’s gang team spotted a car squealing its tires in a parking lot in the 5000 block of South Tacoma Way just after midnight, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.
The DOC officer recognized the car and its driver. The car left the parking lot and another Tacoma police officer in a marked patrol car stopped the car in the 4700 block of South Puget Sound Avenue.
The officers contacted the driver, who was on DOC supervision. The officers found cocaine and hallucinogenics in the car and on the man, Fulghum said. They also recovered $4,000-$5,000 in cash that is the suspected proceeds of drug deals.
“This is a fairly significant find,” Fulghum said of the drug and cash seizures.
Officers booked the man into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of two counts of unlawful drug possession with the intent to sell and on a DOC hold.