K9 finds several pounds of pot hidden in pick-up truck

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

On January 8, 2008, at approximately 10:30 A.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy stopped an Oklahoma plated Ford F-150 truck for speeding on the I40 near Seligman. The driver was identified as 29-year-old Dustin Woods from Adair, Oklahoma and his passenger, 30-year-old Larry Brown from Gore, Oklahoma. During a discussion about the moving violation and a discrepancy regarding vehicle ownership, the deputy noticed both parties were unusually nervous. Woods and Brown were interviewed separately and their travel timeline and event details did not agree.

Due to the deputy's suspicions about possible drug possession, he deployed his K9 "Neo" for an exterior sniff of the truck. "Neo" immediately crawled under the truck and alerted on the spare tire and rear fender areas of the truck. Neither Woods nor Brown would explain why the K9 detected the odor of narcotics in the truck. A search of the spare tire area exposed 4 bags of marijuana stored on top of the tire. Deputies then removed the bed rail covers and found several packaged bundles of marijuana on both sides of the bed panels along the entire length of the truck bed. Deputies also found trap doors under the rear fender area that exposed additional bags of marijuana.

In all, over 21 pounds of high grade marijuana was seized from the truck bed with an estimated street value of well over $100,000 dollars. Even after the find, Woods and Brown did not want to explain their connection to the contraband. Brown was in possession of 3 pre-paid cell phones which are commonly used by drug dealers to arrange transactions as ownership of the service can be difficult to trace.

Both suspects were booked at the Prescott Detention Center for Transportation of Marijuana for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (which included an "Aqua Net" hide-a-can).