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New police dog helps in drug bust on Interstate 20

WARRENTON --- A new drug dog proved his worthiness within the first hour on the second day he was on the job.

The dog's first bust resulted in the seizure of $14,500 worth of marijuana and more than $270 in cash.

Brixta the K-9, who is handled by Deputy Joey Akers of the Warren County Sheriff's Department, sniffed out a drug suspect after a woman was stopped for speeding near mile marker 160 on Interstate 20 about 10:15 p.m. on July 30.

Deputy Akers stopped 27-year-old Jennifer Renee Nelson in her 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and charged her with speeding and trafficking marijuana. Ms. Nelson, of Arlington, Texas, was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson.

In his report, the deputy said he asked Ms. Nelson if she had illegal drugs in the vehicle, and she said no twice. Brixta was brought over, and he signaled to the rear of the vehicle, which allowed a search.

Deputy Akers came across a large truck tire located where the spare would be. He saw a large hole in the tire and marijuana inside.

Web posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009

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