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Dog sniffs out drugs, driver arrested after Lakeville Highway traffic stop

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:02 a.m.

A Richmond man driving in Petaluma on Monday was stopped by police for a vehicle code violation and then arrested after a police dog sniffed out drugs hidden in the car, police said.

Driver Elvis Naranjo Hernandez, 34, was stopped at about 8:15 p.m. on Lakeville Highway at Frates Road.

A check of the driver's history showed Hernandez was on parole following a felony conviction in Contra Costa County involving drugs for sale, Petaluma Sgt. Marty Frye said.

Petaluma police dog "Basko" searched the man's car and found 24 grams of methamphetamine.

Officers also found evidence of sales of the drug.

Officers took Hernandez to the Sonoma County Jail. He was being held without bail because of his parole status.

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