Payson's Police Dog Helps Recover 50 Pounds Of Pot

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A routine traffic stop near Round Valley resulted in the recovery of 50 pounds of marijuana Saturday.

Department of Public Safety Officer Doc Dimbat stopped a vehicle going more than 80 mph near Gibson Ranch Road.

"He had stopped a little white Toyota," DPS Sgt. John Whetten said. "The driver's license was suspended and Officer Dimbat could smell a strong odor of marijuana."

"There are indicators I look for," Dimbat said. "Most the time it's not just one thing; it's a lot of little things -- the person's demeanor, sights and smells."

Chad Pyle of Phoenix was arrested for driving with a suspended license and Dimbat called out the Payson Police department's canine unit. Officer Les Barr and German Shepherd, Kodiak, responded.

"They walked around and the dog hit on the trunk," Whetten said. "They opened the trunk and found a big tub with 50 pounds of bundled marijuana."

"A dog really does help," Dimbat said. "(Pyle) had personal use marijuana in his car, but the 50 pounds was in the trunk and the dog immediately alerted to the trunk."

Whetten and Dimbat said they believe Pyle was transporting the drugs to the east coast.

"There's a lot of drugs coming through here," Dimbat said. "Far more than most people know."

Pyle was charged with possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for personal use, possession of paraphernalia, driving suspended and speeding, said Whetten

Pyle remains in custody in lieu of $10,500 bond.

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