A Minnesota man is facing a felony drug charge in Douglas County Circuit Court due to the sensitive nose of Superior Police K9 Lacka.
Justis David Harvey, 21, of Robbinsdale, faces one count of repeater possession with intent to deliver marijuana, a class H felony. He was bound over for arraignment Wednesday following a preliminary hearing. Cash bond of $1,000 was set for Harvey.
According to the criminal complaint:
Officer John Fontaine conducted a traffic stop Dec. 7 on a vehicle driven by Harvey 7 near the approach to the Bong Bridge. In addition to citing Harvey for not having a valid driver's license, he requested that Officer Jeff Harriman and his K9 partner Lacka conduct a canine sniff of the vehicle.
Lacka sniffed the car, giving alerts at the front passenger and driver's doors. Although Harvey did not give officers permission to search the vehicle, Lacka's alerts gave them probable cause to search it.
A search of the vehicle turned up a blue stun gun, four bottles of pills, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and more than half a pound of marijuana.
Harvey has a Minnesota convictions out of St. Louis County for possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and second-degree possess 25 grams or more cocaine or meth, according to the complaint.
Harvey's next court appearance is set for Feb. 2