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Trooper Fletcher honored for massive cocaine seizure
Trooper Fletcher

State trooper Ryan Fletcher has been recognized by the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association for the largest cocaine seizure in Tennessee year-to-date 2020.

He was responsible for a traffic stop that led to the seizure of 20 kilo-sized bricks of cocaine – the equivalent to 52 pounds.

On April 29, at approximately 10:26 a.m., trooper Fletcher conducted a traffic stop on I-75 N at the 82 mile marker in Loudon County for a traffic violation. Upon contact with the vehicle, trooper Fletcher observed indicators of tampering on the 2011 Audi Q7 wheels and wheel well. The driver did not possess a valid driver’s license and gave an unlikely travel itinerary.

As trooper Fletcher continued to interview the driver, consent to search the vehicle was obtained after the occupant advised he had been searched in Mississippi the night prior. Trooper Kevin Stroup arrived to assist with the stop. 

Both troopers quickly observed indicators of an aftermarket compartment upon inspecting the wheel wells on both sides of the vehicle. The occupant was detained, and a Loudon County Sheriff’s Department K-9 was called to assist. A positive K-9 alert was indicated. 

The vehicle was moved to a garage where a further search of the vehicle’s rocker panels revealed two large compartments containing 20 kilo sized bricks of suspected cocaine. Federal prosecution is pending.

Trooper Fletcher was formally recognized last Thursday.