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2/14/2014 11:55:00 AM
Over $100,000 seized from vehicle during K9 narcotics investigation
During a check of the vehicle interior, deputies found about $9,000 by the front seat and a small quantity of methamphetamine in a cup holder. When the trunk was opened, deputies located several stacks of cash in a duffle bag and additional currency stacks hidden inside liquor bottle bags. The total exceeded $104,000.
During a check of the vehicle interior, deputies found about $9,000 by the front seat and a small quantity of methamphetamine in a cup holder. When the trunk was opened, deputies located several stacks of cash in a duffle bag and additional currency stacks hidden inside liquor bottle bags. The total exceeded $104,000.
Karl Harz
Karl Harz

On Feb. 10, just before 9 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy stopped a black 2008 Ford Taurus with Kentucky plates on I-17 south near State Route 260 for speeding and a lane change violation.

The driver, 63-year-old Karl Harz from Southern California, provided the officer with a Kentucky driver's license.

The officer's report states Harz was deceptive concerning his travel plans, was nervous and appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant.

Deputies subsequently requested permission to search the vehicle and Harz declined.

As a result, deputies deployed a YCSO certified narcotics detection K9 for an exterior sniff of the Taurus. The K9 displayed an odor alert on the vehicle indicating the likelihood of narcotics inside.

During a check of the vehicle interior, deputies found about $9,000 by the front seat and a small quantity of methamphetamine in a cup holder. When the trunk was opened, deputies located several stacks of cash in a duffle bag and additional currency stacks hidden inside liquor bottle bags. The total exceeded $104,000.

Based on additional information developed, deputies determined the money was connected to drug transactions and the cash was seized. The K9 alerted to the currency during a controlled blind sniff test conducted as part of follow-up during evidence processing.

Harz was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including money laundering, possession of dangerous drugs and DUI-drugs. He remains in-custody on a $250,000 bond.

The K9 team has been very busy in recent weeks with drug associated cash seizures including $52,000 on Feb, 5 and $10,000 on Jan, 31.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014
Article comment by: Notice A theme here?

The local people around here really are unhappy with the cops

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Article comment by: Yep Carl, law enforcement can seize & auction off your house/car if they find a joint or pot plant.

All over a joint or marijuana joint or plant. Yet I can kill someone in my house, rape someone in my house, become drunk and beat the wife and kids and end up in jail, but I will still get to keep my house. Even if found guilty, the house remains mine. But if I get caught with a joint in my house/car, the police can legally seize my home/car, auction it off and the police get to keep 50% or the proceeds.

America, Land of the Free,...


Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: Kevin Witcomb

After a recent experience with the Social Security Administration I was brought to reality of the discrimination our government displays to all of us, no matter of race. It was not clear until I received the paper work and was able to read it. A vocational expert testified to a judge that there was 15,400 jobs current in Arizona and 695,000 nationally for light unskilled labor in 3 different occupations. All of these jobs require a basic urine drug screen before hire. Myself, I would be more than willing to take any of this work, being I have done these jobs in the past and would be thankful to have one now. My problem is that I have to take perscribed drugs for a major brain injury and they show up on these UDS', giving the employer the right not to hire me !?! My question to your readers is simple. Why are those who are receiving unemployment benefits not held to the same requirement and standard before getting a check ??? I do know times are tough right now, but if those numbers are correct the unemployment numbers must be wrong. I do know that double standards are wrong and discriminating. Think about it, unless you just think uncle sugar should pay our bills, something is truly wrong. Myself, I would much rather earn what I have than have it given to me from the sweat and tears of others. Our generation must have been raised on a different set of morals where double standards were unexcepted, where working hard and giving was greater than taking !!!

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: Carl Nye

Just have to ask ~

What becomes of all the cash "seized" in these drug busts? Seriously, where does it go? Is it held until the busted guy is judicially determined to be guilty? What if the guy gets off? Does he get his cash back (with interest)? (Like the woman in Yuma got her pot back...)

The dog-sniff test (Yup, this is drug money!) is unreliable. I've read that virtually every $100 bill in America has traces of drugs on it. Take your dog down to Bank of America and sniff the cash in their vault. Try seizing that, and see what happens.

I bet that 2008 Taurus was seized too. What becomes of it? I've heard that some of the DARE vehicles that police drive were seized from criminals.

Seizures.

Because we can.




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