TOPEKA (WIBW) -- A stretch of I-70 heading into downtown Topeka was shut down early Tuesday morning after police reportedly found "suspicious devices" inside a vehicle during a traffic stop.
According to the Topeka Police Dept., a 2007 Mercedes was stopped along the Interstate, just east of the SW MacVicar Ave. interchange, for a traffic violation. During the stop, officers found a couple of firearms as well as a large amount of methamphetamine "and other illegal substances."
They also found items of size and wiring that led them to deem them "suspicious." The TPD Bomb Squad responded to the scene. They were able to determine the items were non-explosive and safely disposed of the items.
Lt. Chris Heaven told 13 NEWS the devices were actually blast pack engines for model rockets. The engines look similar to sticks of dynamite.
Federal agents with the ATF and DEA responded as well after it was determined both individuals in the vehicle were felons in possession of firearms and illegal substances.
They identified the pair as Aaron Artip, 27, and Lindsey Crane. Artip is being held on various traffic violations, various illegal substance related charges as well as a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, while Crane was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, and various illegal substance-related charges, the Topeka Police Dept. said.
At around 4 a.m., police, with the help of the Kansas Dept. of Transportation, blocked I-70 both east and westbound lanes from the MacVicar interchange to the 4th Street exit near downtown.
The highway was fully reopened around 6:55 a.m.