Deputies arrested a man on Thursday after finding large amounts of cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine in aftermarket vehicle compartments during a traffic stop near Hurricane. (Stace Hall, KSL-TV)
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ST. GEORGE — Deputies arrested a man Thursday after finding large amounts of cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine in aftermarket vehicle compartments during a traffic stop on Interstate 15.
On Thursday, a Washington County sheriff’s deputy was following a car traveling north on I-15 in the fast lane at speeds below the posted speed limit. Instead of merging into the right lane which was clear, hampering traffic, the driver of the car stayed in the fast lane, according to charging documents filed in court.
Just north of the hurricane’s exit, the deputy initiated a traffic stop for the alleged lane violation.
Speaking to the driver, identified by his California driver’s license as 25-year-old Rame Samir Darshalabi, the deputy noticed that the passenger seat appeared to be a few inches higher than the factory-installed floor. The deputy also noticed a seam separating the two areas which was clearly visible from where he was standing.