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PCSO K-9s Continue to Find Drugs and Money
 
Posted: 6/7/2013 12:00 AM
 

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – On Tuesday, May, 28th, 2013 at 6:40 p.m., a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K-9 deputy doing traffic enforcement executed a stop on a suspicious driver that resulted in the seizure of cash and marijuana and the arrest of a known money-launderer.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy was doing traffic enforcement in a fully marked K-9 unit along westbound I-10 when a driver in a passing Chrysler Sebring reclined in the seat to avoid contact with the deputy as he passed. The K-9 deputy observed the driver hit his brakes and dramatically slow his vehicle in the high speed lane of traffic. The deputy initiated a traffic stop for impeding the flow of traffic at mile marker 193.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, he watched the driver wipe his face and take several deep breaths. The driver identified himself as Terron Taylor, 35-years-old, of Phoenix. Taylor told the deputy he had spent the day at the casino where he won. Taylor pulled a large sum of cash out of his front shirt pocket. As the deputy asked other routine questions he noted Taylor again acted nervous when asked if he had any drugs in the car.
The deputy advised Taylor he was going to retrieve his K-9 partner for a “free air sniff” of the vehicle. The deputy did not even have time to give his K-9 a command before the dog alerted on back of the car. The deputy found a large hockey style bag in the trunk which contained several bundles of marijuana. Inside the car, the deputy discovered a purse with banded rolls of money. The deputy placed Taylor under arrest. Pinal County

Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives recovered a total of $15,379 in cash and nearly 70 pounds of marijuana worth $28,000 from the vehicle.

Detectives learned that Taylor had previously been arrested for money-laundering when a K-9 alerted on his luggage. Taylor was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on five felony counts of possession, transportation and sale of marijuana. Charges will also be submitted to the County Attorney for review for money-laundering.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said “Already this year, Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 deputies have recovered 2,000 pounds of marijuana, 30 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $53,000 in US currency. These deputies and their K-9 partners are key tools in apprehension of serious criminal offenders.”

Public Information Officer

Mark Clark
520-483-4502
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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