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YCSO K9’s Recently Help Make Two Drug Busts Near Ash Fork

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A pair of K9 dogs from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office had successful incidents lately on Interstate-40 near Ash Fork. The first stop took place back on December 30th where 34-year-old Samson Budagyan from California was pulled over on eastbound on I-40 at around 2:30 p.m. The deputy could smell a marijuana odor from the black Nissan Altima. The deputy was denied a search request so he brought out K9 “Maximus” to do a free air sniff. The dog alerted the deputy to an odor. The deputy found marijuana in Christmas presents and 95 pounds in three suitcases. Then on January 7th, a deputy pulled over 50-year-old Phatsvong Rasasy from Alabama, also on eastbound I-40 near Ash Fork. The deputy noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the man’s red Toyota Highlander. He refused a search so the deputy had K9 “Haddie” do a sniff and alerted the officer to drugs. The deputy found over 40 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. Both men were booked on drug charges and both remain in the Yavapai County Jail on bond.