Jefferson County's newest sheriff's deputy, Sgt. Andor, was involved in his first drug arrest Tuesday when he alerted his human partner to the presence of drugs in a vehicle.
Jefferson County’s newest sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. Andor, was involved in his first drug arrest Tuesday when he alerted his human partner to the presence of drugs in a vehicle.
The K-9 deputy detected what turned out to be marijuana and cocaine in a car driven by Willie Heard Jr., 31, that Deputy Courtney Kelly stopped for a traffic violation Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Kelly saw the vehicle Heard was driving changing lanes without using a signal and when Kelly asked Heard if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Heard reportedly said there was some marijuana if he hadn’t “vacuumed it all up.”
Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Christopher Drye reported that after Andor “hit” on the driver’s seat, Kelly found an orange pill bottle containing marijuana.
Deputies also found a large bag containing seven smaller bags of crack cocaine in the vehicle, Kizer said.
Drye reported that when Heard was interviewed, he told deputies he smoked marijuana and sold cocaine to support his marijuana habit.
Kizer said Heard had a previous conviction for drug related offenses that resulted in a prison sentence and had drug charges pending in circuit court.
Because of the prior conviction and pending charges, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash only bond for Heard after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.
Heard said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Oct. 10.