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Police Dog Detects Drugs During Traffic Stop

Oregon man faces felony charges after arrest in Novato on Thursday night.

An Oregon man was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in Novato after one of the force's dogs detected drugs in the car, Novato police said Friday.

A traffic officer pulled over a car at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday near the junction of Ignacio Boulevard and Highway 101 because of a vehicle code violation, acting Lt. Jennifer Welch said. Metz, a police dog trained in narcotics detection, was brought into sniff out the vehicle and alerted officer/handler Jeff Ames of an odor of narcotics, according to a press release.

A search of the car revealed suspected methamphetamine in the glove compartment and suspected marijuana in the truck and passenger area.

Jason Lee Simpson, 29, of Myrtle Creek, Ore., was arrested at 6:45 p.m. and booked at Marin County Jail after being found to be under the influence of drugs. He faces two felony drug charges, two misdemeanor drug charges and one infraction for speeding. His bail was set at $15,000.

The Novato Police Department has three dogs in its canine program — Metz, Lex and Ingo. They are supported in part by a grassroots community group called Pennies for Police Dogs, which accepts donations at Circle Bank and the police station.

The dogs and their handlers are described as “police force multipliers” by Novato police because they enhance officer safety and pose a viable deterrent in dicey situations. Novato's dogs are used in searches all over Marin County and occasionally Sonoma County.

Chief Jim Berg said elimination of the canine patrols was discussed in 2009 when the most severe city budget cuts were made, but the Novato City Council veered away and made sacrifices elsewhere.

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SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 October 13, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Because of The Good People of Novato's support of the K-9 porgram through the Pennies for Police Dogs Campaign, we have added another police dog and have raised the funds for all three K-9's to be narcotics trained. In the history of this city, this has never been done before. Metz has been the first dog to be drug trained. Officer Ames and Metz are quite a team. This story is music to my ears. It is one of the examples of how this community comes together to make a positve change. We have depleted all of our funds for the narcotics training and fundraising is on going for these dogs. Please continue to donate. BRAVO METZ AND AMES!!!!
Trish Boorstein October 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
A great big CHEERS to Toni, Metz and Ames, and everyone in this wonderful city who has helped in this endeavor!
Craig Belfor October 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Take these dogs to Wyndover and Bay Vista. Those dumps will be emptier than Jerome's house on Cinco de Mayo.

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