Drug Traffickers think they are getting smarter, but YCSO Trained dogs say “Not Today”

    PRESCOTT ARIZONA (July 10, 2021) – On July 7, 2021, a YCSO K9 Deputies conducting traffic enforcement along I-17 stopped a semi-truck transporting a load of cars near Cordes Junction for equipment violations.  

    During the traffic stop, the deputy noticed some inconsistencies and used his K9 to search the cars that were being transported. The dog alerted one of the vehicles on the semi. Inside deputies discovered 203 pounds of packaged methamphetamine and 28,000 Fentanyl pills inside a toolbox, located in the back of the van that was on the semi-truck.  

    “We know drug traffickers like to get creative, but this is just an example of how nothing gets past our deputies or our dogs,” said Sheriff David Rhodes, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. “I want to thank these Deputies for their dedication to protecting the citizens of Yavapai County, their vigilance and training helped take these dangerous drugs off our streets and prevented them from trickling across the rest of our nation. 

    “NO MATTER HOW SMART DRUG TRAFFICKERS THINK THEY ARE; YCSO K9 DOGS ARE JUST PLAIN SMARTER. Drug traffickers think they are so clever in how they hide the drugs they are trying to funnel into our country, but unfortunately for them, they just can’t fool our YCSO K9 units.”

    This investigation still an active investigation and no arrests have been made. PANT (Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking) has been assigned this case. PANT, a  multi-agency task force charged with drug enforcement within Yavapai County. 

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