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.