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New K-9 officer instrumental in three drug busts

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 | Posted by

Last month, Cloverdale Police Officer John Camara and Jimmy, his new K-9 partner and recently-certified narcotics dog, confiscated 74 pounds of processed marijuana and a total of $50,573 in cash during three routine traffic stops.

K-9 Officer Jimmy (Mary Jo Winter)

The violations that resulted in the original stops were illegal windshield tinting, speeding, and driving with an expired registration tag. During each of the three stops, as Officer Camara was talking to the driver, his training and experience led him to suspect they might be involved in the transportation and sale of marijuana.

In each case, when  K-9 Officer Jimmy was walked around the vehicle, he “alerted” on the car, indicating that he smelled the odor of a controlled substance, giving Officer Camara sufficient cause to search the vehicle’s interior.

Three men were arrested. Cloverdale PD seized $48,437 and one vehicle, in accordance with asset forfeiture laws.

Asset forfeiture funds can be used to reimburse agencies for drug related investigations and to purchase equipment, including vehicles, that furthers drug related investigations and/or enterprises.

K-9 Officer Jimmy has only been with the department since September, but it’s already apparent that he’s going to become an invaluable member of the team.

  • Colleen Shields

    Good job, Jimmy!

  • Ken Briggs

    A very good job for Jimmy. The police department needs another good dog to help out. Get rid of all drugs in town.

  • FCCopperFan

    Curious to know where in town these stops occurred? Main drag? Neighborhood? If these drug runners are picking up in town I’d like to know where to avoid!

  • Bruce

    This large amount of money surely will help the city budget, our 60K$ reserve should be increased.

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