Police find meth hidden inside gas filler compartment

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

On October 30, 2008, at approximately 10:30 P.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy stopped a black Toyota truck for a traffic violation in Cordes Lakes. The driver, identified as 24-year-old Prescott Valley resident Daniel Gause, had failed to stop at a stop sign while exiting the I17 near the Cordes Junction Chevron Station. Gause provided a Florida driver's license which was currently suspended.

After explaining the K9 drug interdiction program, Gause denied possessing any illegal drugs and granted permission for the deputy to check the vehicle with his dog. Additionally, the deputy noticed that Gause displayed symptoms of stimulant drug influence. K9 "Neo" was deployed for an exterior vehicle sniff and alerted on an odor around the passenger side rear bumper, even going under the vehicle as he traced the odor. "Neo" also slowed several times while sniffing around the passenger side rear tire and again attempted to crawl under the vehicle.

The K9 deputy checked the interior of the vehicle, but found no contraband. The deputy noticed there was a lock on the gas filler door located on the passenger side of the vehicle. The gas filler door was in the area where K9 "Neo" had alerted to an apparent narcotic odor. Using the ignition key, the deputy unlocked the door and exposed a plastic bag containing nearly 8 grams of methamphetamine.

Gause was arrested for Possession of Dangerous Drugs and booked into the Prescott Detention Center. D.U.I. drug test results are pending.