Drug dog sends teen on the run

A drug-sniffing dog sent an 18-year-old running this week after she detected marijuana in the teen’s car during a traffic stop in Union County. A dog named Sasse is the newest member of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said. On Tuesday, Sasse was with Deputy Kenneth Sossamon when he stopped a car near the Harris Teeter grocery store in Indian Trail, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the vehicle was suspected of being involved in illegal activity.

As Sasse sniffed around the car, she detected the presence of drugs. When Sossamon questioned the driver – identified as Brian Allen Jones – about what the dog had discovered, the teen took off running, authorities said. As he fled, he left behind the other passengers in the car, as well as the drugs. A search of the car revealed 18 baggies of marijuana, a marijuana grinder, a knife, brass knuckles, cash and other drug paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The car was seized, along with the drugs, and Jones was arrested the next day.

He faces several charges, including possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of controlled substances, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting an officer. Jones was being held in Union County jail Saturday under $10,000 bond.

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