Rowan Sheriff’s K-9 sniffs out cocaine in traffic stop

Rowan Sheriff’s K-9 sniffs out cocaine in traffic stop
(Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The well-trained nose of a Rowan Sheriff’s K-9 is credited with sniffing out a large amount of cocaine during a recent traffic stop.

On Monday, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) were conducting criminal enforcement on northbound Interstate 85 in Salisbury.

According to the report, deputies stopped a blue Hyundai Sonata with a South Carolina registration plate near mile marker 74 for routine traffic infractions.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Clifton Jamal Harrell, age 32, a resident of Columbia, South Carolina. The front seat passenger was Rannik Williams Dent, age 34, a resident of Brooklyn, New York.

During the course of the stop, a drug sniffing canine conducted an exterior sniff of the Hyundai, which yielded a "positive alert for the presence and/or odor of a controlled substance. "

Based on this canine alert, deputies conducted a search of the Hyundai and found a small amount of marijuana in the passenger compartment’s center console and a box in the trunk containing 2.2 pounds (1,000 grams) of cocaine with a street value of $120,000.

Harrell and Dent were charged with trafficking cocaine (Level III), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Each was placed under a $500,000 secured bond. The investigation is continuing.

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