Dog Sniffs Out Drugs, Leads to Meth Bust

A routine traffic stop results in arrest on suspicion of drug possession.

A 55-year-old Novato man was arrested after a routine traffic stop Thursday thanks in part to canine officer Metz.

At 1:31 a.m., Novato Police pulled over a driver in the area of Hill Road and Diablo Avenue. Officer Jeff Ames and his partner, Metz, responded to the scene where Metz conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of narcotics inside of the vehicle.

The vehicle was searched more thoroughly, leading officers to uncover methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Mark Tuttle of Novato was arrested at 2 a.m. on suspicion of felony possession of illegal narcotics and possession of illegal drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was booked into Marin County Jail.

The Novato Police Department currently has three canines trained in the detection of narcotics.

Karen March 22, 2013 at 01:08 AM
A related story in the IJ from last year: http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_20192671/alleged-cocaine-dealer-arrested-novato-san-rafael-investigation
NovatoGuy March 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM
A meth lab at Hill & Diablo? Shocking! Who woulda thunk? Seriously, dontcha just love the "affordable housing" pushers?
T.Sprocket March 22, 2013 at 05:46 PM
"Yeah..it's all based on hearsay..that's how I see it"... Tuttle said in the IJ link Karen provided. The guy even sounds like a mobster! Book 'em Dano!
Steven Norwin March 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Built it and they will come...............


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