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Okay-9 noticed 10 kilos. from meth throughout site visitors obstruction in northern Arizona, says YCSO – AZFamily

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ASCH FORK, AZ (3TV / CBS5) – A Missouri man faces crime charges after a sheriff's K-9 discovered drugs during a traffic obstruction in northern Arizona.

The Yavapai County sheriff's office says 67-year-old Edward Fitzgerald was stopped late Thursday morning for a traffic violation on I-40 near Ash Fork.



Missouri resident Edward Fitzgerald, 67.



During the stop, MPs said Fitzgerald was trying to divert the conversation away from questions about possible illegal drug possession and transportation. He also turned down requests from MPs to search his car, MPs say.

The deputy instructed his K-9 partner "Max" to perform a "Free Air" sniff around the vehicle. When Max became aware of the smell of drugs, MPs began searching Fitzgerald's car.



K9 helps find 10 pounds of drugs

Max, a Yavapai County Sheriff K9 and his "bust".



MPs said they found two metal cans for food containers in the back seat under a blanket and pillow. When investigators opened the cans, two vacuum-sealed bags were found inside. The MPs finally confirmed that they contain methamphetamine. According to official sources, a total of 10 pounds of meth were confiscated.

According to YCSO, MPs also found a .22 caliber pistol in the center console of Fitzgerald's car. He admitted he knew the drugs were in the vehicle but refused to say anything more, officials say.

Fitzgerald was admitted to the Camp Verde Detention Center for, among other things, transporting a dangerous drug for sale, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and gun misconduct.

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