Cedar City K-9 leads UHP to large cocaine, ecstasy bust

Cedar City K-9 officer Max discovered over $350,000 worth of narcotics while aiding a Utah Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop on I-15 through Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 28, 2019 | Photo courtesy of the Cedar City Police Department, Cedar City News / St. George News

ST. GEORGE A traffic stop by the Utah Highway Patrol on Interstate 15 through Cedar City Monday night resulted in a drug bust after a Cedar City Police K-9 officer became involved.

While conducting the traffic stop, a UHP trooper was backed up by a Cpl. Kirk Lovell and K-9 Max of the Cedar City Police Department, according to a press release from the department.

“The duo were summoned to assist the Utah Highway Patrol on a traffic stop, on I-15 in Cedar City,” the release states. “K-9 Max alerted to illegal narcotics in the vehicle and it was discovered that 5 pounds of cocaine and one pound of powder ecstasy were concealed inside the vehicle.”

The total street value of the drug was estimated to be over $350,000.

For Max, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, it was his first large drug find, according to the press release.

“Congratulations to Corporal Kirk Lovell and K-9 Max,” the release states.

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