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Local bust nets $200,000 in drugs

Sunday, November 25, 2007

In what officials are calling one of the largest drug seizures ever for the surrounding area, Brazil Police Department officers recently seized more than $200,000 in illegal drugs during a routine traffic stop Saturday morning.

At approximately 2:15 a.m., Saturday, BPD officers -- working in conjunction with officers with the Clay County Sheriff's Department during Operation Pull Over -- performed the drug bust on Interstate-70.

Brazil K-9 Officer Kenny Hill pulled over Carlos Dempsey, 40, Detroit, near the 17-mile marker as he was heading westbound.

Immediately following the pull over, Hill contacted CCSD Dep. Brison Swearingen to assist at the scene.

As Swearingen questioned Dempsey and a passenger, it became clear the two had conflicting stories.

Hill then walked K-9 drug dog "Anya" around the vehicle.

"She detected an odor during the stop," BPD Chief Terry Harrison said. "Anya is an invaluable tool."

During the stop, Anya discovered 10,000 pills, which were determined to be ecstasy at an estimated street value of $200,000. The pills were packaged in several individual baggies and were also separated by color. In a press release, Swearingen indicated the pills were being transported from Detroit to St. Louis.

"More than likely, the discovery of those pills wouldn't have happened without Anya," Harrison said. "We're happy to get that off the street. It was a major find.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is out there on the highway."

A search warrant was obtained for a more detailed search of Dempsey's vehicle.

Dempsey -- who had an active warrant out of Michigan -- is currently being held in the Clay County Justice Center on a $25,000 bond.

He was preliminarily charged with possession of a schedule I substance and dealing in a schedule I substance, both Class B felonies. There is also the possibility that he may be charged as a habitual offender.

The Michigan warrant was for possession of marijuana and intent to deliver.

Harrison added the case could be forwarded to federal authorities because of the amount of drugs discovered.

He said the bust might not only be the largest in the area but in the state as well.

"We haven't heard of anything that big," he said.

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Outstanding job and who says DRUG DOG's don't pay for themselves? Glad to see the BPD has a DRUG DOG on the force again.

I believe the dog needs to be used a lot more... at public and school functions like race tracks, ball games, fairs.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Mon, Nov 26, 2007, at 4:13 PM

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