Police: 10 pounds of meth found during traffic stop

GREENFIELD — Two men face drug-dealing charges after local police found nearly 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a recent traffic stop on Interstate 70, officials said.

Police stopped a car along westbound I-70 in Henry County Wednesday and quickly spotted marijuana inside the vehicle while talking with the driver and passenger, police said.

Officers searched the car and found tool markings in the plastic lining to the doors along with several screws and plastic rivets missing, indicating the doors had been tampered with, police said.

Officers looked behind the interior door panel and found several packages containing crystal methamphetamine, officials said.

In all nearly 10 pounds of drugs were confiscated, investigators said. Officers estimate the street value of the drugs is roughly $374,000, police said.

A Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy found nearly 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 70, officials said.
A Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy found nearly 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 70, officials said.

The driver and passenger of the car were both arrested and now face criminal charges in Henry County, investigators said.

Alton Taylor III, 36, 4450 Karen Ave., Las Vegas, and Michael Degrate, 31, 4040 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, each face a Level 2 felony count of dealing methamphetamine, according to court records.

Both Degrate and Taylor are being held in the Henry County Jail, police said.

The traffic stop was handled by the county’s Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE) team, is a multi-jurisdiction task force consisting of officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond Police Department.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.