A Concord man pulled over for making an illegal U-turn ended up in county jail after a K-9 reportedly sniffed out methamphetamine hidden in the engine compartment of his vehicle.
A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy was driving on Highway 20 near Empire Street a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday and spotted the driver of a black SUV make an “abrupt” U-turn across the double yellow lines, said Sheriff Keith Royal.
The deputy stopped the driver, identified as Jean Pierre Muzac, 46, of Concord. Muzac reportedly told the deputy he made the U-turn because he was lost and had missed his exit. He also reportedly admitted to driving on a suspended license.
The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana and Muzac told him he had been smoking earlier, Royal said, adding that Muzac said he had a medical recommendation, but had left it at home.
During a search of Muzac’s vehicle, the deputy reportedly saw two grabber tools and two screwdrivers, which were recognized as possibly being there in connection with concealed narcotics.
The deputy located a meth pipe and scales concealed underneath the center console, and requested a CHP K-9, Royal said.
The K-9, “Fox,” reportedly helped uncover a pouch hidden inside an electrical fuse box in the engine compartment, which contained approximately 1 ounce of meth in baggies. Muzac reportedly had $1,400 in cash on his person.
He was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, as well as transporting and possessing a controlled substance for sale, and was released on $35,000 bail.
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