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Police dog's nose leads to drug-dealing arrest

The nose of Columbus police dog Max is being credited in the arrest of a Vallonia woman over the weekend on drug-dealing charges.

Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for Columbus Police Department, said that police stopped a vehicle on U.S. 31 just north of County Road 400N at about 7:15 Saturday evening because police suspected the driver was driving on a suspended license.

As Sgt. Toby Combest spoke to the driver, Officer John Searle and his police dog, Max, arrived on the scene and Max sniffed around the car. Max alerted officers to the presence of drugs. A search of the car allegedly revealed multiple plastic baggies, a white substance later identified as methamphetamine, marijuana, and multiple pills -- all hidden under the passenger seat.

42-year-old Velma Holcomb of Vallonia was arrested on preliminary charges including dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in a controlled substance, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

She was also cited for driving while her license was suspended.
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:13:01 AM

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