Exeter K9 makes 1st bust

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Drug dog turns up meth in traffic stop

The Exeter Police Department's new K9 made her first bust during a traffic stop on Saturday at Highway 76 and Farm Road 1065.

Morgan Struble, Exeter police chief, said he pulled over Charlie Crow, 36, of Cassville, at about 11:30 p.m. for an alleged equipment violation, failure to illuminate a license plate, and Crow allegedly did not have a valid driver's license.

Struble said while he was waiting on Crow to call someone to get the car, he was alerted Crow allegedly had a history with drugs, so he asked to search the vehicle.

Crow declined the search, leading Struble to employ Bailey, a 2-1/2-year-old black labrador certified as a drug dog at the end of November.

"Bailey walked around the outside of the car for a free-air sniff, then she alerted and gave her indication that she had found something on the passenger side door," he said.

According to a probable cause statement, a hand search allegedly revealed a black sock wedged between the center console and passenger seat. Inside the sock was a small plastic bag containing less than one gram of suspected methamphetamine, as well as a used pipe and Q-tips allegedly used for cleaning the pipe.

Crow has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. He is set for arraignment on Dec. 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Victor Head.

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