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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • New K-9 cop helps Ravenswood Police take heroin off streets

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  • RAVENSWOOD - New Ravenswood K-9 cop Dax was instrumental in an arrest late Tuesday that netted some 22 grams of heroin with a street value of $8,000-$10,000 and resulted in an arrest and a spin-off meth lab bust.
    On July 22, 2014, at approximately 11 p.m., Ravenswood Police Detective R.J. Knox was on patrol and observed a vehicle exiting the Bill Ritchie Bridge and swerve onto the white fog line.  Knox also noticed the registration plate to have a foreign object attached to it (license plate cover). 
    Knox proceeded to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Matt Workman, and a female passenger. 
    After a field interview, Knox requested permission for a vehicle search which Workman denied. 
    K-9 officer J. B. Thompson, arrived on scene with K-9 Dax.  Also assisting on scene was Sgt. Roger Rhodes and Sheriff Tony Boggs of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. 
    K-9 Dax conducted a free air sniff on the vehicle at which time K-9 Dax gave a positive indication for the odor of narcotics.  After a search was conducted, approximately 22 grams of heroin was discovered. The street value of the heroin is approximately $8,000 - $10,000.
    Workman was subsequently arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. 
    Detectives Eric Cullen and Ross Mellinger from the Sheriff’s Office responded, and began further investigating the case with Detective Knox.  Subsequent information obtained during the course of the investigation led investigating officers to a clandestine meth lab at a residence in the Ravenswood/Cottageville area. Officers spent the next several hours on scene cleaning up and collecting evidence, charges on the meth lab are pending.
     

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