Traffic stop leads to suspicious devices, highway shutdown and 2 arrests

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A traffic stop early Tuesday morning lead to police shutting down part of a major interstate in Topeka.

Around 1:30 a.m. officers with the Topeka Police Department stopped a 2007 Mercedes on I-70, just east of MacVicar for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, officers discovered two firearms, a large amount of methamphetamine and other illegal substances. Also in the vehicle were items of size and wiring determined to be suspicious devices.

The Kansas Department of Transportation helped TPD with signage to indicate both west and east bound lanes of I-70 would be closed until the suspicious items could be deemed safe. TPD Bomb unit responded and determined the items to be non-hazardous and non-explosive. Police said the devices were actually blast pack engines for model rockets that look similar to dynamite.

Both lanes of I-70 were back open by 7:00 a.m.

Police said federal partners with the ATF and DEA were called to help as both occupants in the vehicle were determined to be felons in possession of firearms as well as illegal substances.

Aaron Artrip, 27, of Hillboro Mo. was booked into jail for various traffic violations, various illegal substance related charges and felon in possession of firearms.

Lindsey Crane, 24, of Fenton, Mo. was booked into jail on charges of felon in possession of firearms, criminal possession of a firearms and various illegal substance related charges.

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