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Eagle Ford: Police find meth during traffic stop
Sgt. Devin Keen assists his K-9 partner, Rikkert, as the Belgian Malinois exits their patrol vehicle. Find out more about Rikkert and the Poth Police Department’s K-9, Kazan, in a future edition of the Wilson County News.
FLORESVILLE -- After having been certified in narcotics detection for just a few weeks, the Floresville Police Department’s K-9, Rikkert, is being credited with helping officers find methamphetamine during a March 7 traffic stop at the corner of B and Third streets here. As a result, 27-year-old Blake Lewis Burk of Floresville has been charged with possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1.
Floresville Patrolman Robert Gonzalez said he conducted a traffic stop of Burk’s vehicle just before 2 p.m. after Burk allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign in the intersection. Burk’s nervous demeanor led Gonzalez and fellow Patrolman John Muñoz to ask for consent to search the vehicle.
When he refused, the two officers called in K-9 officer Sgt. Devin Keen and Rikkert. The dog walked around the exterior of the vehicle, detecting the presence of narcotics in the driver’s side door. There, Gonzalez said a bandana containing a methamphetamine pipe was discovered, prompting Burk to surrender 0.3 ounces of methamphetamine concealed in his pocket.
After Burk was arrested, the officers searched the interior of the vehicle, where they found a backpack containing more methamphetamine pipes, along with plastic baggies containing residue from the illegal narcotic.
Burk was transported to the Wilson County Jail where records indicate he was released after posting $10,000 bond.
Rikkert is one of two new police K-9s in Wilson County. Find out more about him and the Poth Police Department’s K-9, Kazan, in a future edition of the Wilson County News.
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