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K9 'Neo' nabs 21 pounds of marijuana

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s K9 Neo poses with more than 21 pounds of high-grade marijuana.

YCSO/Courtesy photo<br> Yavapai County Sheriff’s K9 Neo poses with more than 21 pounds of high-grade marijuana.

More than 21 pounds of high-grade marijuana is off the streets thanks to a Yavapai County Sheriff's K9 named Neo.

On Thursday, Neo's K9 deputy stopped a Ford F-150 truck from Oklahoma for speeding on Interstate 40 near Seligman, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman, in a press release.

The driver Dustin Woods, 29, from Adair, Okla., and his passenger, Larry Brown, 30, from Gore, Okla., seemed unusually nervous so the deputy deployed Neo for a drug "sniff," D'Evelyn said.

Neo immediately crawled under the truck and alerted on the spare tire and rear fender. A search of the spare tire area uncovered four bags of marijuana on top of the tire.

When deputies removed the bed rail covers, they found several packaged bundles of marijuana on both sides of the bed panels along the entire length of the truck bed.

Deputies also found trap doors under the rear fender area containing additional marijuana bags.

Deputies estimate the street value of the marijuana at well more than $100,000, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies arrested both Brown and Woods on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia, which included an "Aqua Net" hide-a-can.

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