Iowa’s state patrol has seized the largest amount of marijuana ever taken in a single traffic stop by a trooper. The patrol’s Lieutenant Robert Hansen says a truck driven by a man from Henderson, Nevada, was stopped for speeding just east of Council Bluffs yesterday (Wednesday) morning. This was one of Iowa’s 7 canine units, and though the driver refused permission for the trooper to search the vehicle, he said the dog could sniff around it — and that’s when the animal found marijuana. Hansen says two containers were found in the bed of the 2001 Ford F-150 pickup. He says there were two large crates, filed with marijuana that weighed a total of 1,325 pounds, the largest seizure ever in that kind of stop for the patrol. Hansen can’t say why the man refused a search but agreed to let the K-9 officer sniff the truck. He says some people have “different” understanding of just how good a k-9 officer is, and the patrol’s proud of its success using drug-sniffing dogs. 56-year-old Edward Parker of Nevada’s jailed in Pottawatomie County on felony drug charges.
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