On April 28, Milligan made a routine traffic stop, when he noticed a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle acting suspiciously.
The driver was identified as John Dobson, and the passenger was John Dobson III. After asking the younger Dobson to step out of the vehicle, the officer noticed a prescription bottle laying on the floor where Dobson was sitting.
During the search, a pill bottle was discovered hidden under the seat, along with three syringes. After confiscating the items, Milligan used his K-9 partner, Acha, to sniff for any further evidence of illegal drugs.
The dog alerted the officer to the console, passenger side dash and ash tray of the vehicle. The two were taken to the Sharp County Jail, pending charges.
On April 29, Milligan took a stolen vehicle report from Don Richardson, of Strawberry. Richardson reportedly loaned his 1990 Honda Accord to Dean Robertson, who was due to return the vehicle on April 26.
According to Richardson, Robertson had failed to return the vehicle.
Milligan issued a "Be on the lookout," or BOLO, for the Honda.
While on patrol, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description headed toward the Richardson home.
Milligan stopped the car and arrested the driver, Dean Robinson.
Robertson told Milligan there were drugs in the vehicle. Acha, the K-9, alerted Milligan to the passenger side of the car, where a glass case containing syringes and pink pills was recovered.
Robinson was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.