Police find drugs on man arrested on warrant


A K-9 search of a local man's vehicle didn't produce drugs, but he was charged with possession of drugs after subsequently being booked into the Moffat County Jail.

Police said they pulled over Dave Minica, 36, on Wednesday because they recognized him and knew that he had a warrant out for his arrest.

The man was wanted for failing to appear for a court hearing in Moffat County Court.

When asked whether he had any controlled substances on him during the traffic stop, the Craig man said he had a glass pipe in his pocket, police said.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted police to an area on the outside of the vehicle, police said.

Police said they found a "small" amount of a white crystalline substance on the man as he was being booked into jail. The substance tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, police said.

People are required to tell detention officers whether they have controlled substances in their possession before being booked into jail. Failure to do so can result in a felony charge.

The man faces charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree introduction of contraband, driving a vehicle without a valid driver's license and violation of a restraining order in connection with the case.

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