Portland police seized 50 pounds of cocaine valued at $420,000 during a Friday afternoon traffic stop.
The driver of the car, Charles Taesung Pak, 28, charges of Manufacturing, Distribution and Possession of Cocaine. Police believe he was driving the cocaine to Canada, where it would be worth $920,000.
According to police, at 5:12 p.m. on June 20, officers conducted a traffic stop on I-5 northbound at Delta Park. Officers noted that the driver, later identified as Pak, was nervous, driving a rental car and couldn't answer basic questions. Pak is a Canadian citizen from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Based on the officer's observations, they asked Pak for consent to search his car and called for a Drugs and Vice Division narcotics K-9 to respond to the stop. Pak consented to the search and "Nikko," the narcotics dog, discovered approximately 50 pounds of cocaine in the vehicle.
Investigators from DVD responded to assist with the investigation.