K9 Ace of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department was on the case this week, helping deputies uncover drugs and other concerning items during a traffic stop.
The K9 discovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a loaded handgun, and over $1,000 in cash on June 25 at the intersection of CTY F and CTY S in the town of Sigel. After a driving complaint, a traffic stop was initiated at approximately 5:47 p.m. with K9 handler Deputy Brandon Christianson called to assist.
What was most significant to deputies about the discovery wasn’t the drug itself, but its presence alongside a concealed weapon in the possession of a convicted felon on probation.
“In some ways it shows the correlation between possession of drugs and drug-related offenses and other criminal activity,” said Captain Quentin Ellis. “It does show the danger of dealing with people who are in possession of those types of substances or believed to be under the influence of them.”
The suspect has been charged with Possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Carrying a concealed weapon, and probation violations.
The incident is a testament to the K9 program, Ellis said. “A K9 is absolutely an integral part of getting our officers to search even further than they would have been able to. It goes to show that having a K9 unit out on patrol can be extremely useful in detecting things that otherwise might go undetected by officers.”
Anonymous tips on drugs and other criminal activity can be submitted to Wood County Crime Stoppers using the online form or by downloading the P3 app for free. Tips submitted anonymously are still eligible for rewards up to $1,000.
Reports of drugs or other suspicious activity can also be made by contacting the local police department.