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Police: Meth shipment seized on I-85

NORCROSS - Police caught three Indianapolis men allegedly trafficking a sizable load of methamphetamine through Gwinnett via Interstate 85 on Tuesday night, authorities said.

During a routine traffic stop on I-85 southbound at Beaver Ruin Road, a Georgia State Patrol lieutenant allegedly uncovered 947 grams - more than two pounds - of the drug inside a Ford Explorer the men were driving.

The suspects - Mario Rivas, 17, Denis Mejia, 19, and Julio Reyes, 29 - remained Wednesday at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. Each faces a felony charge of trafficking methamphetamine.

A Georgia State Patrol representative could not provide further details about the arrests late Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear how much the drug shipment was worth or where the men were allegedly headed.

They were initially stopped at about 9 p.m. for a window-tint violation, police said.

Rape suspect found

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputies apprehended a Buford man Tuesday night wanted for escaping custody in the state of Washington.

Javon Deshon Pitchford, 31, is awaiting extradition back to King County, Washington, where he'll face charges of rape, sexual assault, robbery and escape, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais.

Deputies took Pitchford into custody Tuesday night at a property he was renting in Buford.

"He initially tried to hide inside the residence, but eventually surrendered without incident," Bourbonnais said.

No further information about Pitchford's alleged crimes was available Wednesday.