Photo: K9 Rae with Drug Evidence Collected | CHP Coastal Division
PLAINSURG, CA – In the early hours of November 5, 2023, a Coastal Division K9 officer and his K9 partner, Rae, conducted an enforcement stop on a Ford F-150 pickup for a traffic violation on SR-99 near Plainsburg. The routine traffic stop took an unexpected turn as officers identified two individuals in the vehicle and developed reasonable suspicion to deploy K9 Rae.
During the course of the stop, K9 Rae detected the presence of narcotics within the vehicle, prompting officers to initiate a thorough search. The search revealed several large cardboard boxes in the bed of the pickup, concealing a substantial quantity of illicit substances.
Inside the boxes, law enforcement discovered 117 individually wrapped packages, each weighing one pound, containing methamphetamine. The total quantity of the seized narcotics underscores the magnitude of the operation disrupted by the Coastal Division K9 unit.
Following the discovery, both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody by officers. The suspects were subsequently booked into the Merced County Jail on charges related to the possession and transportation of a significant quantity of methamphetamine.