BOONE, N.C. – Law enforcement is crediting their K-9 detective ‘Maus’ with nabbing two drug investigations that ended in arrests -- taking over $20,000 in drugs and cash off the streets.
Investigators said they received a tip that a methamphetamine trafficker from Atlanta Georgia was making a large delivery to Boone. Officials identified the trafficker as Mauricio Baltazar, 20, from Lake City Georgia.
Detectives said they planned an interception to Baltazar’s alleged meth shipment.
Alongside efforts from the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Homeland Security – it’s the Boone Police K-9, Maus, that’s getting credited with sniffing out the drugs.
In a press release sent to NBC Charlotte, officials said Maus “alerted officers to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle and approximately half a pound of crystal methamphetamine was seized.”
Officials said the drugs had an estimated street value of $22,000.
In another investigation this week, Maus assisted in the arrest of a Wilkesboro man. Officials said Jerry Dean Osborne, 20, was suspected of controlled substance during a traffic stop.
Investigators said when K-9 unit Maus arrived on the scene, she led investigators to the trunk of the vehicle which revealed half a pound of marijuana and a book bag containing over $20,000.
Officials said they have reason to believe Osborne was in Boone to distribute the marijuana.
Baltazar is charged with two-counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. His bond was set at $75,000.
Osborne is also facing multiple charges including felony maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance. His bond was set at $3,000.
“Master Police Officer Warren and K-9 Maus were crucial in both of these situations. Dogs like Maus are so beneficial to law enforcement. MPO Warren and K-9 Maus are a great team and they serve our citizen’s well. They both did a fantastic job during these cases,” said Sgt. Chris Hatton of the Boone Police Department.
Anyone with information on the location of illegal drugs can call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959.