Missouri man arrested after YCSO K-9 detects 90 pounds of pot

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Nate Hay Shaffer By Christina O'Haver Nate Hay Shaffer By Christina O'Haver
Nate Hay Shaffer By Christina O'Haver Nate Hay Shaffer By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said a Missouri man is in custody after a new K-9 alerted deputies to nearly 90 pounds of marijuana inside his vehicle.

A deputy stopped 42-year-old Nate Hay Shaffer on Interstate 40 near Ash Fork around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 22 for an alleged traffic violation.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy developed information that the 2014 gray Chrysler 300 sedan, which had Missouri plates, likely contained contraband. Shaffer reportedly gave the deputy permission to search the vehicle but withdrew consent when the deputy asked to see inside the trunk.

An assisting deputy arrived and deployed a K-9, Gemma, to sniff-search the vehicle. The dog reportedly alerted to the presence of drugs in the trunk, and deputies opened it to find a large duffel bag containing prepackaged marijuana bricks.

According to the sheriff's office, Shaffer told deputies he had been offered several thousand dollars to transport more than $50,000 worth of marijuana from Northern California to Texas.

He was arrested and booked on charges including possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.

He remained in custody Saturday on $25,000 bond.