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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.

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