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Police K9 alerts officers during traffic stop

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

A Huntington man was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine after a Sherriff’s Department K9 alerted officers to drugs during a traffic stop for a suspended license.

Ronald Steven Jacobs, 45, was arrested on Oct. 3 for a Level 2 felony charge of dealing in methamphetamine in an amount of 10 or more grams, two Class A misdemeanors for possession of controlled substances, a Class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana, and a Class C misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia, according to court records.

Officers found 33.33 grams of methamphetamine along with marijuana, MDMA pills also known as Ecstasy or Molly, digital scales, and a multicolored glass pipe with residue, according to a police report.

Officers stopped a vehicle with a suspended license. A deputy walked a police K9 around the vehicle, which gave positive alerts for drugs at a couple locations of the vehicle. A plastic bag with a crystal-like substance was found inside of a backpack along with a set of black digital scales, and a container with two blue pills. A multicolored glass pipe with residue was found in the ash tray.

The driver of the vehicle who was stopped for a suspended license told police that Jacobs sold drugs and she saw several people come over to his residence on Tipton St. She stated the transactions typically occurred in the kitchen of the home. According to her witness statement, she was not aware the backpack contained illegal drugs.

The items found were placed into evidence and field tested, where the items in the clear plastic bag tested postive for Methamphetamine with a weight of 33.33 grams. A plant-like material tested positive for marijuana and the pills tested positive for MDMA, also known as Molly or Ecstasy.

Jacobs could face up to 30 years in prison for the Level 2 felony charge. A bond is set in the amount of $25,000 A pretrial conference is set for Nov. 26.