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Narcotics investigators seize half pound of meth

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Dealer jailed after traffic stop south of Chandler

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HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators and K-9 team conducted a traffic stop South of Chandler Aug. 5 which ended with the largest methamphetamine confiscations since the K-9’s were added to the force.
“This meth is worth $22,700 on the streets,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said, “and it is the largest haul this office has brought in with the K-9s.”
“It took solid law-enforcement work and great internal cooperation to make this happen,” he said. “It shows just how serious we are about cracking-down illegal drugs in this county.”
James Clayton Mastin, 60, from Flint, was arrested around 9 a.m. by Narcotics Investigators Kenneth Slaton and Gabriel Shue.
They were working drug interdiction in the Sportsman Paradise Subdivision when they saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation.
During the traffic stop, Deputies found Mastin to be operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
Deputy Meagan Hogan and K-9 Max were called to the scene to conduct an open-air sniff of the vehicle.
Max gave a positive alert on the vehicle, and the Investigators searched the vehicle.
Hillhouse said it is common to find drug users with a relatively small amount of meth.
”Clearly, Mastin was not just a user. This meth was for distribution,” Hillhouse said. “Meth was his business and now it has rightfully landed him behind bars.”
Mastin was taken to the Henderson County Jail, charged with manufacturing and delivery. Bond was set at $15,000, posted by a bondsman and Mastin was released Aug. 6.


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