PULLMAN, Wash.—A Washington State University student athlete arrested for drug trafficking in Pullman appeared in court today.
Authorities say they found hundreds of prescription pain killer pills, large amounts of money and an AK-47 rifle inside Nathaniel Washington’s car. Washington runs track and field for WSU.
Authorities say detectives for the Quad Cities Drug Task Force pulled over a Mercedes-Benz Wednesday night that was driven by the 22-year-old student.
According to court documents, an informant bought the prescription pain killer Oxycodone several times from Washington. Those documents also say detectives learned Washington would be traveling to the Seattle area earlier this week to pick up more pills. Authorities waited for his return Wednesday.
KREM 2 crews are told officers pulled Washington over close to the university campus and put him in handcuffs.
Authorities searched Washington and his vehicle and found more than 800 Oxycodone pills, which hold a street value of about $35,000 dollars. Officers say they also recovered more than $2,000 dollars in cash and confiscated an AK-47 assault rifle they found in the trunk of his car. Officials say the rifle is legal for Washington to possess.
A judge set bond for Washington at $5,000 dollars.
He bonded out and appeared in court Friday.