K9 finds drugs during traffic stop on I-40 near Prescott

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PRESCOTT - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On December 12, 2008, at approximately 11:45 A.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 Deputy and his "pawtner" Elliot stopped an Oregon plated blue pick-up for weaving on the I40 west of Seligman. While speaking with the driver, 39-year-old Oregon resident Tammy Davis, the deputy smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The deputy had Davis exit her vehicle as he explained the K9 drug interdiction program. Davis told the deputy she was refusing to allow the dog to check her vehicle. After the deputy explained that her consent was not necessary to allow an exterior sniff, K9 "Elliot" was deployed. " Elliot" immediately alerted on both the driver and passenger door, and camper door above the tailgate.

During a search of the passenger compartment, the deputy found an "Altoids" can containing marijuana, a glass marijuana pipe and a red tin can containing marijuana residue. Inside the camper, the deputy discovered a vacuum sealed bag of high grade marijuana, with a $4000 dollar estimated street value, wrapped inside a sweater. A burlap bag contained bundles of currency totaling approximately $1500 dollars. Another plastic container held over 550 grams of hashish oil in a jar and an additional 68 grams of marijuana bud.

Davis was booked at the Prescott Detention Center on charges including Transportation of Narcotics for Sale, Transportation of Marijuana for Sale and Possession of Marijuana for Sale. During booking, Davis was in possession of several hundred dollars in multiple 20 dollar denominations and several money order receipts, both likely the result of narcotics transactions.

On December 13, 2008, K9 Elliot was involved in the arrest of two Kingman residents following a traffic stop on the I40. Inside a backpack, the deputy discovered 8 personal use packages of methamphetamine, a glass meth pipe, digital scale, paraphernalia items for meth use, and an open bottle of whiskey between the front seats.

Anthony Hecker, 29, admitted to drug sales as a source of income. Hecker was arrested for Transporting and Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale. Passenger Vanessa Wise, 26, was arrested for Possession of Dangerous Drugs. Both were booked at Prescott Detention.