Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:08
Narcotics officers in Avery County were busy last week.
Robinson and Laura Patrick of Charleston and William Kalivas of New Orleans
were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia
during a traffic stop. Canine cop Riki assisted. Riki helped officers charge
Matthew Sidwell of Murfeesboro Tennessee with possession of marijuana and possession
of drug paraphernalia the following day.
During his campaign last year, Avery Sheriff Kevin
Frye promised a tough stance on drugs offenders. With the addition of two
narcotics dogs, his office has been able to deliver. An exterior sniff by a drug
dog can give officers probable cause to search vehicles- a valuable asset in
the local war on drugs, Frye has said.