Sheriff's deputies in Arizona credit police dog in drug bust

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Sheriff's deputies in Arizona say a police dog helped them arrest a woman suspected of selling methamphetamine around the Prescott Valley area, personally making deliveries in her white Dodge Journey SUV.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that department deputies pulled over 38-year-old Amanda McMurren of Phoenix last week for a vehicle registration violation. When she refused to let them search the SUV she was driving, a police dog alerted deputies to something it smelled inside the vehicle.

Deputies say they found a variety of drugs and paraphernalia in the Nov. 28 bust, including a pound (2.2 kilograms) of methamphetamine worth about $9,000 under the front passenger seat in a secret compartment, a plastic bag containing 1/2 a gram of meth and almost 3 grams of heroin.

YCSO officials stated, "McMurren was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of a Dangerous Drug for Sale, Transportation of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of Narcotic Drug, Transportation of Narcotic Drug and Possession of Narcotic Drug for Sale. She remains in-custody and is held without bond."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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