Walla Walla police chase down wanted man, K9 discovers meth

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Photo Courtesy of the Walla Walla Police Department

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — According to a news release by the Walla Walla Police Department, K9 Watts sprung into action yesterday by sniffing out illegal drugs in the backpack of a man with warrants.

Authorities say that a K9 Officer patrolled the region around W Chestnut St and Chase Ave at about 11:50 a.m on February 1, 2021. He noticed a suspect with active warrants for his arrest riding in a vehicle.

The officer allegedly attempted to contact the suspect, which stopped and pulled over before he exited his vehicle. According to the release, the officer called out to the suspect by name. It was then that the man, 40-year-old Clifford Sain III, took one look at the officer and bolted to a nearby apartment building.

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According to the release, Sain made it into the apartment building before the officer could catch him. However, Sain dropped his backpack in the apartment. Shortly after, authorities reached Sain and placed him under their custody.

It was then that the trust K9 Watts was deployed to sniff the backpack, alerting his partner that he detected something unusual with his incredible nose. Once a warrant was approved, officers searched the bag and found roughly an ounce of Methamphetamine individually packed and ready for delivery.

Sain was arrested for his outstanding warrants in addition to probable cause charges that include “possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, obstructing a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.”

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