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Drug dealer offers free Taco Bell meals to police in exchange for ignoring cocaine during traffic stop

By Mason White 4:28 PM May 17, 2017
Honda Accord with the seized drugs
Honda Accord with the seized drugs
By: William Martin

A drug dealer unsuccessfully tried to avoid arrest by offering police free Taco Bell meals in exchange for ignoring his cocaine, according to police in Washington.

Pasco Police said that on Thursday at about 2:00 a.m., Officer Joshua Glass stopped a black Honda Accord near Road 68 and Burden, for a minor equipment violation.

Things got interesting when he saw small baggies of white powder in the center console, which the driver tried to hide with a cell phone.

When the driver and sole occupant was questioned about the powder, he described it as just cocaine residue and offered Officer Glass a “hook-up” in Taco Bell in the future in exchange for ignoring that stuff.

Officer Glass thanked him for the offer, since he likes Taco Bell, but declined. The driver, 28-year-old Eric Xavier Vela Arriaga, was booked into the Franklin County Jail, on a charge of possession of cocaine.

The Accord was impounded for a search warrant. Thursday evening, the Accord was searched and more little baggies of cocaine were located.

The district attorney’s office is now being asked to review the case for a potential charge of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and attempted bribery.