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Navajo County's new police dog sniffs out $217,000 worth of meth

It appears that one of the most recent recruits to the Navajo County Sheriff's Department has earned his keep. The county's chief deputy announced that its newly-acquired drug-sniffing dog found one of the larger caches in the department's history the previous day. On Oct. 31, the dog, who'd only been acquired two weeks prior, sniffed out a cache of drugs estimated to be worth as much as $217,000.

A spokesperson for the Holbrook-area police department noted that he believed this Interstate 40 bust was the first that this particular dog had been taken out to handle on his own. The stop happened approximately 150 miles north of Phoenix.

As the dog was being walked around the vehicle by his handler, he reportedly alerted the officer that the car's side panels may contain narcotics. When officers cut open the vehicle's doors, they found what's been estimated to be over 30 pounds of the highly addictive Schedule II drug methamphetamine.

After the find, all three of the car's occupants, including two 26-year-old women and a 23-year-old man were taken into police custody and charged with trafficking the harmful drug.

The penalties handed down in cases involving the illegal distribution of Schedule I and II drugs like heroin and meth generally tend to result in higher fines and longer jail sentences for those convicted of such crimes.

If you've been accused of a drug crime, then it's advisable to seek the counsel of an experienced Tucson drug defense attorney who can advise you of potential penalties you may be facing in your case.

Source: Tucson.com`, "Meth seizure on I-40 marks drug-sniffing dog's first," Nov. 01, 2017

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