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CHP Merced K9 Laika sniffed out more than tinted windows in this traffic stop

About $68,000 in cash was found in a vehicle after California Highway Patrol Merced K9 Laika detected the odor of narcotics during a traffic stop Feb. 20, 2018, on southbound Interstate 5 at California Avenue, according to CHP.
About $68,000 in cash was found in a vehicle after California Highway Patrol Merced K9 Laika detected the odor of narcotics during a traffic stop Feb. 20, 2018, on southbound Interstate 5 at California Avenue, according to CHP. Courtesy California Highway Patrol Merced

Officers found $68,000 wrapped in shrink wrap and electrical tape in a vehicle after California Highway Patrol Merced K9 Laika alerted them to the smell of narcotics, authorities said.

CHP officers stopped a vehicle at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on southbound Interstate 5 at California Avenue for violating tinted window regulations, according to a news release.

After observing "several indicators of criminal activity," officers called Laika who indicated the small of narcotics on the vehicle, the release states.

During a search, $68,000 was found shrink wrapped and bound by electrical tape, the release states, also noting that officers believed the cash was part of the sale of narcotics.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested, according to the release. The identity of the driver wasn't immediately available, CHP Officer Eric Zuniga said Friday, adding that the driver was released from custody and is pending charges.

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