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Rookie K9 makes 90 lb. pot bust

K-9 Gemma with the stash she sniffed out. Courtesy photo

K-9 Gemma with the stash she sniffed out. Courtesy photo

ASH FORK - A man is in custody after Yavapai County sheriff's deputies said a rookie K9 sniffed out 90 pounds of marijuana in his car last Monday.

Nate Shaffer, 42, of Missouri, was arrested on charges including possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale on Dec. 22, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

A deputy stopped his car on eastbound Interstate 40 near Ash Fork for a traffic violation, D'Evelyn said, and, during the course of the stop, the deputy began to become suspicious that Shaffer was carrying something illegal.

Shaffer gave the deputy permission to search the car at first, but changed his mind when the deputy asked to look inside the trunk, D'Evelyn said.

A deputy brought the K9, Gemma, over to sniff the outside of the car and she alerted on the trunk, he said, so the deputies opened it and found packaged marijuana weighing nearly 90 pounds, worth more than $50,000.

Shaffer admitted that he was carrying the load for payment of "several thousand dollars," D'Evelyn said, and told deputies that he was moving it from northern California to Texas.

Shaffer is being held in the Camp Verde jail on a $25,000 bond.

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