2 in custody after explosives, guns, meth found during Topeka traffic stop; I-70 was closed for about 5 hours – Topeka Capital Journal

Authorities closed traffic in both directions on Interstate 70 in downtown Topeka for about five hours Tuesday morning after officers making a car stop discovered methamphetamine, guns and explosives, resulting in the arrests of a man and woman from Missouri.

Topeka police Lt. Colleen Stuart identified the arrested individuals as Aaron Artrip, 27, of Hillsboro, Mo., and Lindsey Crane, 24, of Fenton, Mo.

Artrip was booked into the Shawnee County Jail at 11:30 a.m. in connection with various traffic violations, various illegal substance-related offenses and felon in possession of firearms.

Crane was booked into the Shawnee County Jail at 11:20 a.m. in connection with felon in possession of firearms, criminal possession of a firearm and various illegal-substance related counts.

Both were nonbondable pending first appearances in Shawnee County District Court on Wedneday morning.

Police Lt. Chris Heaven earlier Tuesday told The Topeka Capital-Journal that officers found the explosive devices, drugs and firearms during a traffic stop at 1:27 a.m. on eastbound I-70 near the MacVicar Avenue exit.

Heaven said the vehicle — a 2007 Mercedes-Benz — was pulled over for “numerous traffic violations.” As officers spoke with the driver, they noticed blasting packs used for large homemade rockets in the cab of the vehicle.

Heaven said the blasting packs “look similar to sticks of dynamite” and go in the bottom of homemade rockets, which can stand 3-feet tall.

Officers at first “didn’t know what they had,” Heaven said. “They just knew they were explosives.”

As they investigated the incident, both east and westbound traffic on I-70 was shut down for a stretch of about four miles. Eastbound vehicles were diverted at S.W. Gage while westbound traffic was diverted at S.E. 4th.

The Kansas Department of Transportation assisted with signage, notifying motorists of the road closure.

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