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Police recover methadone bottles during traffic stop

February 18, 2014|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Police recovered 32 bottles of methadone during a traffic stop on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Police stopped Michael Vartanian, 34, after reportedly observing him talking on his cell phone and not wearing a seat belt while driving a work van, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

The driver reportedly told police he had a bottle of methadone inside the car without a prescription, Ryburn said.

A search of the vehicle yielded the 32 bottles.

Vartanian was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and was released after posting $10,000 bail.

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