On April 10, at approximately 11:13 PM, officers were dispatched to an anonymous report of a vehicle dealing drugs out of a restaurant parking lot on the northeast side of Madison. Officers responded initially and made contact with the vehicle and sole occupant. After conducting a preliminary investigation, officers requested that Officer Jason Baumgart and his K9 partner, Allied, respond to their location to perform and exterior sniff of the vehicle involved.
After arriving on scene, Officer Baumgart commanded Allied sniff the car’s exterior. Allied alerted on the exterior of the car in two locations. The positive alert of a well-trained and reliable narcotics K9 is probable cause for officers to enter the vehicle. In this case, a subsequent search of the car revealed the suspect was possessing and selling a wide variety of illegal drugs. The total drugs recovered include:
- 34 bindles of cocaine (18.5 grams)
- 2 baggies of heroin (4.1 grams)
- 14 pills of schedule 2 narcotics
- Over $2,000 cash
The suspect was charged with possession of all of the above (including intent to deliver for the cocaine) and also probation violation.