Traffic stop in Butte County leads to arrest involving over 25 pounds of drugs

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A service dog for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office helped find over 25 pounds of drugs. (Courtesy Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force)

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A Butte County deputy who stopped a driver Friday morning helped discover over two dozen pounds of methamphetamine in the man’s truck. 

The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force said the traffic stop happened just before 7 a.m. on Highway 70 south of Palermo. 

Deputy Tyler Hardwick had stopped a Toyota truck for speeding when his service dog alerted him to something in the vehicle. 

After a search of the vehicle, the BINTF said Deputy Hardwick found 388 Oxycodone pills, which were believed to be counterfeit. 

According to the task force, a more thorough search of the truck led to the discovery of about 25 pounds of meth, over a pound of heroin and suspected powdered fentanyl. 

The BINTF identified the driver as 48-year-old Shawn Nowlin of Chico and said he was arrested on drug-related charges. 

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