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K9 leads agents to pot bust

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A dog led officers to a house in which marijuana was stashed all over commonly used furnishings, according to authorities.

Cupboards, closets, dresser drawers and even the bottom of beds stored packages of processed marijuana. The hunt started when a routine traffic stop in Madera County on State Route 99 by California Highway Patrol Officer Lloyd Pratt lit up his canine partner Aaron’s olfactory senses.

Aaron allegedly detected six pounds of packaged processed marijuana in the vehicle 24-year-old Jesus Soto Jr. was driving Thursday night.

The stop prompted the Madera Narcotic Enforcement Team, a drug interdiction group made up of assigned officers from eight local and state law enforcement agencies, to search a home in Madera a couple of hours later. It was equipped with a surveillance system, capable of monitoring the entire property 24 hours a day, seven days a week, authorities said...


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