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Deputy's K-9 finds 54 pounds of drugs in trunk












YCSO K-9 Elliot sits atop a pile of bags of marijuana Deputy Dean Guthery took from a car near Seligman.

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YCSO K-9 Elliot sits atop a pile of bags of marijuana Deputy Dean Guthery took from a car near Seligman. Courtesy

A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 recently sniffed out 54 pounds of marijuana - with a street value of approximately $500,000 - in the trunk of a gold Lexus sedan on Interstate 40 west of Seligman.

Deputy Dean Guthery arrested Matthew Lengal, 31, of New Mexico, on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of hashish, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

The arrest occurred Wednesday when Guthery stopped the Lexus for speeding and for not having a license plate.

When Guthery's partner, "Elliot," sniffed the car's trunk area he gave the alert. Guthery then checked the trunk and found five large trash bags containing marijuana buds stored inside smaller clear bags. Guthery also searched the car and found more than 32 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Lengal had a drug transaction sheet in his wallet that documented drug sales of more than $140,000, D'Evelyn said.

Lengal told Guthery he was on his way home to New Mexico from Los Angeles to visit family. Instead, deputies booked him into the

Prescott Detention

Center.

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