K9 Officer Billy Messner conducted a traffic stop on a Penske truck for traffic violations and expired registration on January 11, 2023, at 5:00 pm near Hwy 99 and Park Heights Road. While speaking with the driver, Officer Mesner noticed a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When the driver was asked about the smell, he handed the Officer a transport license and his itinerary. These documents were found to be fake. The driver was placed under arrest and a search of the truck led to the discovery of 222 marijuana plants.
Seminole Police Department continues to prevent illegal drugs through arrests and investigations.
Police Chief Jon Withers said, “The department is proud of Officer Messner for his hard work and continued long hours of training to help rid the community of illegal narcotics in the area. We also wish to express our gratitude to the City Council for continuing to support us.”
Although K9 Raven was not used in this specific arrest, City Manager Steve Saxon mentions how crucial she is to Seminole.
City Manager Steve Saxon said, “Fighting the battle of illegal drugs becomes easier when you have the right tools. K9 Raven and Officer Messner have certainly improved our enforcement within Seminole. I think the message is being sent loud and clear that Seminole isn't a good location for this activity.”
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