On his first day on the job, our newly certified K-9, Kāro, was hard at work making his first drug bust!
On Monday, February 12th, at approximately 1600 hours, Deputy Soto conducted a routine traffic stop at the 1900 block of Garland Dr. As he approached the vehicle, Deputy Soto noticed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. As he reached the vehicle, he saw that there were 5 passengers in the vehicle; 3 males, 1 female, and an infant.
Deputy Soto then returned to his patrol vehicle to run the driver’s licenses and summon K-9 Unit Deputy Holbert to the scene. Deputy Soto proceeded to detain the 3 males in the vehicle and received assistance from Deputy Flores and Deputy Holbert to remove the female passenger who was later identified as the infant’s mother.
Upon further investigation, the deputies were able to find 3 firearms in the vehicle and cash totaling to over $4000. K-9 Deputy Holbert had Kāro walk around the vehicle and the K-9 alerted the officers to the back seat of the vehicle. Deputy Holbert proceeded to search the back seat and located a backpack which contained 140 grams of marijuana.
Deputy Soto contacted the ADA and the charge of “Unlawful Carry of a Weapon” was accepted for two of the male passengers, while a “Possession of Marijuana” charge was accepted for the third male passenger.
Great job Deputy Soto, Deputy Flores, K-9 Deputy Holbert and Kāro!