Newlywed busted near Prescott for marijuana possession

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Drugs and paraphernalia found

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

On November 20, 2008, at approximately 2:45 P.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy stopped a blue truck with Pennsylvania plates for weaving along the shoulder of the I40, west of Seligman. The driver, 26-year-old Robert Kaniuk, stated that he and his passenger just married in Las Vegas and were heading back to Pennsylvania. During a discussion about the K9 drug interdiction detail, Kaniuk admitted possessing some marijuana contained in a pipe kept between the front seats.

K9 "Elliot" was deployed and alerted to the bed and exterior passenger door of the pick-up. Specifically, "Elliot" began paw scratching a tarp that covered the contents in the truck bed. At this point, Kaniuk acknowledged to the deputy there were additional drugs inside a tool box kept in the truck.

A search of the truck's cab revealed marijuana pipes both containing marijuana. A bundle of US Currency was found in a box behind the driver's seat. Also found in the cab was a plastic container that held over 300 grams of vacuum packed hashish. In another nearby container, the deputy found marijuana bud, over 50 grams in weight, and assorted drug paraphernalia items and prescription pills. In the tool box, a "tire sealer" can was located which was determined to have a false bottom. Inside the can, the deputy recovered marijuana bud and some hashish in a prescription bottle. A "Pepsi" can with a false bottom was located inside an ice chest, but was found empty.

Based on the drug evidence found, Kaniuk was booked at the Prescott Detention Center for Transportation of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The vehicle was released to Kaniuk's fiance.