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Madera Co. Sheriff Jay Varney with K9 pal - photo courtesy Madera Co. Sheriff

‘Vehicle Sniff’ Leads to Drug Bust in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Man’s best friend turned out to be a cop’s best option this weekend when a well-trained K9 officer from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office assisted in a drug seizure in downtown Oakhurst.

MCSO K9 Arco

Friday evening (April 17) while on patrol, MCSO Deputy Charlie Robertson stopped a black convertible Mustang near the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 425C for expired registration.

During the traffic stop, Deputy Robertson became suspicious that narcotics may be in the vehicle. So he requested K9 Arco be driven to the scene to assist with a so-called “vehicle sniff.”

Upon arrival, Arco quickly detected the odor of narcotics near the front passenger seat. Upon further inspection by deputies, narcotic paraphernalia was located under the seat.

Rock Rodriguez, Jr.

A 20-year-old passenger in the vehicle, identified by MCSO as Rock Rodriguez, Jr. of Oakhurst, was cited for being in possession of the drug paraphernalia and released.

During Sheriff Jay Varney’s first term of service, with the support of the community and the Madera County Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff’s Office was able to implement a K9 unit.

“The existence of a patrol K9 Unit at the Madera County Sheriff’s Office greatly enhances our agency’s capability to track down, locate and capture wanted offenders in rural and urban environments, and detect illegal narcotics in our communities and schools,” said the sheriff.



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