A Monday night traffic stop in Wheat Ridge turned into a bust after officers found methamphetamine, 1,000 fentanyl pills and a stolen gun inside the vehicle, police said Tuesday.

Two officers, working traffic patrol, stopped the vehicle, which had expired tags (April of 2022), in the area of Interstate 70 and Kipling Street, the Wheat Ridge Police Department said in a news release.

The driver has a suspended license and a container with methamphetamine crystals was in plain sight in the vehicle, police said in the release. A further search of the vehicle found 1,000 fentanyl pills and a handgun, which was reported stolen in Loveland in 2020.

The 42-year-old suspect, who police said has a criminal record for drugs, was arrested on investigation of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, as well as firearm and weapons violations. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

Traffic stop last night leads to big drug bust— a pound of Methamphetamine, 1,000 Fentanyl pills, and a stolen handgun seized. Details on our FB page. It all started with expired tabs. Well done, officers. pic.twitter.com/TP0LjwJaea

— Wheat Ridge Police (@WheatRidgePD) January 24, 2023

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