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Sharp County K9 aids in drug arrest

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A man and woman were arrested on drug charges after telling conflicting stories to police about a theft that allegedly occurred near Highland on July 4.

According to an incident report from the Highland Police Department, Officer David Bushey was approached by a female identified as Kimberly Jean Morley, 31, of Cherokee Village, while he was at the Red Mule in Highland.

Morley told the officer that, after running out of gas behind the Highland School, she dropped $40 in cash while walking, and a woman jumped out of a van and stole it. Morley could not describe either the van or the person to the officer.

According to the report, Morley was having trouble speaking and could not be still. She was asked to meet him outside the business to collect information about the alleged crime.

While outside, Bushey encountered two males, Timothy Creameans, 35, of Corning, who was on active probation, and Jimmy Pickle, 41, of Hardy. The men collaborated the theft story, but Creameans told the officer the female came out of a house to take the money.

All three had previous criminal history for drug possession and use. Bushey called for additional units, including a K9 unit, to search the vehicle. Morley changed her mind about filing the statement about the theft, but gave officers permission to search the vehicle, declaring there was nothing drug related inside.

Sharp County Deputy Trint Milligan's K9, Acha, immediately alerted on the front passenger seat of Morley's vehicle where Creameans was seated. He denied to officers the presence of any drugs.

Both Morley and Creameans failed testing conducted by officer Bryan Buchanan. The test, which determines an involuntary jerking or bouncing of the eyeball when a subject is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is commonly used by law enforcement.

Morley told the officers she would fail a drug test for methamphetamine and pills, and admitted to ecstasy use. Creameans refused the urine test.

The dog located two syringes in a turkey baster in the driver's door, and a small bag of pills in the front passenger seat.

The K9 officer is trained to detect controlled substances through odor. Upon location of a drug, the dog is trained to provide his handler with a passive final response which he sits and stares at the source of the odor.

Acha can detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin, whether it is actually present or an item has been recently contaminated with the drug.

Acha has been a vital tool to the department and has assisted in several arrests in the county.

All three subjects were transported to jail following the incident. Morley, was charged with public intoxication, drinking in public, no proof of insurance, failure to produce registration, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three were taken to jail following the incident. Pickle was released on his own recognizance.

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