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K-9 helps Chico Police sniff out narcotics and make arrest

A Chico Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Mangrove Ave. and Manzanita Court on Feb. 6 at 9:56 p.m.

Posted: Feb 8, 2020 9:48 AM
Updated: Feb 10, 2020 9:07 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Mangrove Ave. and Manzanita Court on Feb. 6 at 9:56 p.m.

The officer made contact with the driver, who was the only occupant in the vehicle. During the stop, the officer requested a K-9 unit to assist with the traffic stop. 

The driver was identified as 48-year-old James Marshal, of Chico.

According to officials, CPD K-9 Officer Parsons responded to the scene with his partner. K-9 Odin is a dual purpose canine that is used for patrol and narcotics detection. During a scent search on the outside of the vehicle, K-9 Odin detected the presence of narcotic odor within the vehicle.

Officers said they then searched the interior of the vehicle and located the following items; 82.6 grams of Meth, 44 Vicodin pills, a digital scale and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said Marshal was placed under arrest for Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics for Sale and Transportation of Narcotics. He was transported to the Butte County Jail.

Chico police said all of the K-9’s working for the Chico Police Department are dual-purpose teams. Their on-going training in narcotic detection provides a valuable tool for law enforcement officers.

In the past month, K-9 Officer Parsons and K-9 Odin have assisted in taking approximately 3 ounces of narcotics off the streets of Chico.

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