CHP dog finds sev­eral pounds of meth dur­ing traf­fic stop near Merced

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Community - BY THAD­DEUS MILLER [email protected]­ced­

Of­fi­cers called in K-9 Beny on Wed­nes­day to help them find 30 pounds of crys­tal metham­phetamine dur­ing a ve­hi­cle traf­fic stop near Merced, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

An of­fi­cer stopped a 2011 white Ford Ranger at about 12:40 p.m. on High­way 99 near Mis­sion Av­enue be­cause its win­dows were tinted, ac­cord­ing to CHP.

While speak­ing with the driver, CHP said, the of­fi­cer “noted sev­eral in­di­ca­tors of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity” and brought in Beny to sniff the out­side of the truck.

Beny gave a pos­i­tive alert to the pres­ence of drugs, and the driver con­sented to a search, of­fi­cers said. The search re­vealed about 30 pounds of meth in­side the ve­hi­cle’s spare tire, CHP said.

The driver was ar­rested and booked into the Merced County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Main Jail on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine for sale and trans­porta­tion of metham­phetamine, CHP said.

In a Face­book post, the CHP praised their work­ing dog.

“Many of you have been ask­ing where CHP K-9 Of­fi­cer ‘Beny’ has been,” the post said. “Well Beny was on a well de­served va­ca­tion and re­turned back to work to­day. Beny didn’t miss a beat and was al­ready back at, pro­vid­ing the high­est level of safety, ser­vice, and se­cu­rity!”

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