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Moniteau County traffic stop leads to arrest

Moniteau County traffic stop leads to arrest

December 6th, 2018 in Local News
K-9 Mizzou has been protecting Moniteau County as a member of the sheriff's department. (Submitted photo)

A California man was arrested this past weekend on a drug charge following a traffic stop in Moniteau County.

According to Moniteau County Sheriff's Department reports, a deputy on Sunday saw a vehicle with a flat tire on Oak Street pull into Casey's General Store in California. The deputy went up to the vehicle to tell the driver his tire was flat. He recognized the driver from previous encounters and knew he had a suspended license.

The deputy checked this with 911 dispatchers who confirmed the driver, Jacob Murphy, 35, was suspended.

Murphy was also found to be on probation for possession of a controlled substance. The deputy asked for a consent to search of the vehicle, but Murphy refused. The deputy then called for K-9 Mizzou to do a sniff search of the outside of the vehicle. A short time later, the dog gave a positive alert for drugs in the vehicle.

Deputies were able to locate methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Murphy was then taken into custody and transported to the Moniteau County Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, he was asked to consent to a urinalysis as part of his bond conditions, and he tested positive for drugs.