Investigation into body found near I-5 leads to drugs, cash

Investigation into body found near I-5 leads to drugs, cash
Investigators are seen Wednesday, November 21, 2007, along I-5 near where the body was found.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. -- Police investigating the death of a man whose body was found near Interstate 5 in a sleeping bag bound with duct tape were led to a Lynnwood home full of drugs and cash.

Police have not explained how the death is connected to the drug cache, but two men were arrested at the home for investigation of drug possession.

It was not immediately clear whether the men were involved in the man's death, Mountlake Terrace Police Assistant Chief Mark Connor said.

The men, aged 63 and 57, were found Wednesday, along with cocaine, marijuana, several pounds of heroin and a large amount of cash in the home, Connor said.

The man whose body was found Wednesday near the 220th Street S.E. offramp from I-5 was in his mid 40s but he has not been identified.

"The location of where the body was at - about ten feet off the fog line, from the freeway, in a sleeping bag - it's not a normal area where a transient would sleep," said Trooper Keith Leary.

Police said the body was found with duct tape wrapped around the outside of the sleeping bag near the man's feet.

"It would be very difficult for an individual to do that to themselves and tuck them(selves) into a sleeping bag," Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Scott Smith.

An autopsy was planned.

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Drug Enforcement Administration agents were working with Mountlake Terrace police.