YCSO's newest K-9 leads deputy to meth stash

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Officials with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office say its newest K-9 officer alerted a deputy to a man's meth stash, during a traffic stop on Monday.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, YCSO officials say the deputy spotted a suspicious car described as a red Dodge neon with New Mexico plates leaving I-17 and into the Cordes Lakes area at around 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The car then failed to stop at a stop sign, and the deputy pulled the car over.

When the deputy asked for consent to search the car, the suspect, identified by YCSO as Todd Worthen, declined. The deputy, according to officials, then deployed "Haddie" to do an exterior sniff. Haddie then alerted the deputy to the odor of drugs in the car, and a subsequent search of the car turned up a backpack that contained about a pound of meth.

Haddie, according to YCSO officials, came from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and was paid for by an anonymous donation to the K-9 program.

Worthen, according to YCSO, is a 44-year-old transient from New Mexico. Worthen initially identified himself as "Toby Worthen", and gave the deputy a wrong birth date to avoid confirmation of his identity. Worthen is facing multiple charges, including transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and taking the identity of another.

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