Trooper finds ounce of cocaine during I-5 traffic stop in Thurston County

BY JEREMY PAWLOSKI

July 8, 2013 

A Washington State Patrol trooper arrested a Tacoma man Saturday during a traffic stop in Thurston County after finding an ounce of cocaine in the center console of the man's vehicle, court papers state.

A Thurston County Superior Court judge found probable cause during a court hearing Monday to support an accusation of unlawful possession of cocaine against the suspect, Godfrey Pringle, 47. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon allowed Pringle to be released on his own personal recognizance, meaning he did not have to post bail.

The trooper pulled Pringle's vehicle over in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 Saturday based on a traffic infraction, court papers state. The trooper conducted a Washington state Department of Licensing check on Pringle and learned that he had a prior felony narcotics conviction. The trooper then asked Pringle about the prior conviction, and Pringle said it was for cocaine possession, according to court papers.

Also according to court papers:

The trooper asked Pringle if he could search the vehicle, and Pringle gave his consent. After the trooper read Pringle a "consent to search warning," Pringle announced, "I have an ounce of cocaine in the center console of this vehicle." The trooper then advised Pringle to stop talking and read him his constitutional rights. The trooper told Pringle that he was being detained. A police dog was deployed, and signaled that narcotics may be inside the vehicle.

The trooper applied for a search warrant, and found a little more than an ounce of cocaine in a baggie in the center console of the vehicle. The trooper placed Pringle under arrest and booked him at the Thurston County Jail.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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