A freshly recruited police dog managed to sniff out 60 pounds of methamphetamine on his first day on the job. The man transporting the drugs was arrested and charged. Authorities declared that the drugs were stashed under the driver’s seat.
K-9 Recruit Leads Cops to Major Methamphetamine Bust
Meet Rye, a junior K-9 officer at the West Covina Police Department. Apart from being an outstandingly good boy and a greenhorn, Rye does have an interesting story.
According to a West Covina Police Department spokesperson, Rye completing his drug detection training a couple of months ago, meaning that he did not see any action until last week.
On Saturday, Rye joined the rest of the squad, who was assigned to monitor the Interstate 10 Freeway.
The authorities stopped a driver who violated several traffic rules. According to the case report, the driver, 28-year-old Pedro Lopez, appeared to be tense while talking to the officer.
While searching the vehicle, one of the officers found a small bag containing methamphetamine. Lopez was arrested and charged.
Another officer brought Rye to Lopez’s car to see if the man had any more drugs. A couple of minutes later, Rye showed officers that there was something wrong with the driver’s seat.
Upon dismantling the seat, the arresting officers found a significant amount of amphetamine. Lopez’s vehicle was impounded and brought to the police department.
A closer inspection of the vehicle revealed a second hidden compartment under the passenger’s seat. The authorities later revealed that roughly 60 pounds of methamphetamine were recovered from the suspect’s car.
Lopez was booked into county jail on a $1 million bond.
Meanwhile, the-not-so-green cop dog was congratulated by his colleagues. He, of course, received tons of food, pats, and belly rubs. Rye’s story was posted on West Covina Police Department’s Facebook page.