More than 1000 Pounds of Marijuana Seized
“When officers are observant, like Officer Billy Mesner, drug enforcement can begin to happen, but it takes city council investing in the proper enforcement tools like K9 Raven to really make an impact. We couldn’t be prouder of the team we have fighting this battle!” said City Manager Steve Saxon.
November 9th, at 9:15pm a traffic stop was made on a U-haul truck for defective equipment by K9 Officer Messner and his partner K9 Raven at 4th and Broadway. During the traffic stop the Officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. K9 Raven was deployed and a positive alert was given by the K9 on the vehicle. A search of the U-haul yielded approximately 1,722 pounds of marijuana (blackmarket value of $1.3 millions dollars). Two occupants of the vehicle were placed under arrest for aggravated trafficking of marijuana.
“Congratulations to Officer Mesner and Raven. They have had many hours of training and bonding and made a huge impact in Seminole,” said Chief Withers.
K9 Raven joined Seminole Police Department on May 20, 2021. “The Seminole Police Department would like to express its gratitude to the City Council for approving the budget for Raven. We've already had two significant narcotics busts in Seminole County because to her assistance,” said Police Chief Jon Withers. In April of 2022, Officer Mesner and Raven recovered 22 pounds of methamphetamines that had a street value of $100,000.