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Police dog's nose knows difference between coffee and pot

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By Staff Reports

William E. Flippen, 39, who listed addresses in Galax and Statesville, N.C., was arrested on Feb. 19 after a traffic stop  on a felony drug charge.
Sgt. Shawny Jones of the Galax Police Department had stopped a vehicle operated by Flippen for exceeding the posted speed limit.
Observations by Jones during the traffic stop caused him to request the assistance of Officer Jacob Vaughan and his police canine, Dunja.  
During the investigation, Dunja alerted on the vehicle, resulting in the discovery of a quantity of suspected marijuana packaged for sale and valued at more than $2,000.
The contraband was concealed in a plastic bag full of coffee in an attempt to avoid canine detection, according to the police report.
Flippen was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in the Galax General District Court.