JPD Drug Dog Sniffs Out Well-Hidden Marijuana

JULY 27, 2004 - Posted at 3:16 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Max the super sniffer is on the job!

The Jonesboro Police Department's rookie drug dog, Max, continues to impress his JPD co-workers, pulling off one of his most impressive "busts" to date this morning.

At approximately 11 a.m., JPD officers were joined by officers with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police and 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force in making a traffic stop on a vehicle alleged to be involved in drug trafficking.  After the vehicle was stopped, the JPD's K9 unit began a search of the vehicle.  Max soon "alerted" on the vehicle, finding approximately 40 pounds of processed marijuana that were hidden inside two buckets of lard inside the SUV.  Police say the suspects also took additional steps to try to conceal the "pot's" odor.  "It was wrapped in black tape.  Also, axle grease was used along with the lard in order to throw off the try to contain the odor from coming out.  This did not work," said K9 officer John Shipman.

Max is is his fourth month on the job with the JPD.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of $55,000.

Shipman says officers arrested three Hispanic males from Mission, Texas, and a black male from Marked Tree.  Names of the suspects have not yet been released pending the filing of formal charges.