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ST. GEORGE — More than 2,000 suspected fentanyl pills were recovered during a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 15 that was initiated when an officer noticed a pickup truck veer out of its lane near the Utah-Arizona border Wednesday night.
On Wednesday, a Washington City police officer running interdiction on Interstate 15 near the Utah-Arizona border noticed a gray Ford pickup truck headed north that crossed over into the solid white fog lane shortly before 9 p.m.
The officer dropped in behind the truck and conducted a traffic stop near mile marker 4.
While speaking to the driver, identified as 35-year-old Jaime Rivera-Jauregui, the officer asked him to sit in his patrol vehicle while a records check was run. While the officer was writing out a written warning for the traffic infraction, he became suspicious when the driver's travel story continued to change over the course of the conversation.
The officer also noticed the driver's speech was very rapid and his hands were shaking, signs of extreme nervousness, as noted in the report.
When asked, Rivera-Jauregui consented to a search of the pickup and a K-9 was deployed to conduct a free-air sniff around the vehicle, which is when the animal indicated to the possible presence of narcotics near the front driver's side door.