NBPD canine officer assists with meth seizure following traffic stop | Community alert
A 48-year-old man from Selma is facing drug charges after authorities said they found 161.8 grams of methamphetamine using a canine search on Wednesday morning.
The officer on routine patrol was in the 3200 block of I-35 when he noticed a red Nissan Sentra committing traffic violations and the officer conducted a traffic stop, according to responsible.
Authorities said Phillip Marcello Holguin, the driver of the vehicle, left the freeway and stopped in a restaurant parking lot along Interstate 35 near the 337 loop.
During the New Braunfels Police Department officer’s conversation with Holguin, the officer noticed the driver’s behavior and made the decision to call a dog to perform a search of the vehicle, David Ferguson said, Communications Manager for the City of New Braunfels.
The dogs sniffed around the car and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. An inspection of the car’s interior revealed a backpack containing a scale and four bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the back seat, authorities said.
Holguin was arrested and taken to the Comal County jail where he is charged with manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. Considering the amount of substance found on the suspect, this is a first degree felony charge.