K9 helps San Angelo police in drug arrest

A late night encounter Tuesday between San Angelo police and a suspected fugitive led to calling in a police service dog and the arrest of a 39-year-old man.

According to an SAPD news release, Officer W. Bowhay was patrolling near the Econo Lodge Motel on Beauregard Avenue at 11 p.m. when he noticed a man near a pickup truck in the motel’s parking lot. 

The officer recognized the man as a person wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for a narcotics charge out of Howard County.  

Bowhay requested a K-9 team to help check out the pickup. Xander, a police dog conducting the exterior sniff of the vehicle, alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers found a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia associated with the trafficking of narcotics, and some suspected methamphetamine, stated the release.

In addition to the warrant, Philip S. Horton was charged on suspicion of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000.

He was arrested and taken to Tom Green County Jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $56,000 bail.

 

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