ST. PAUL, Minn. - Two suspected drug dealers are now behind bars, thanks to a St. Paul K9 who sniffed out nine pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a flower bed.
According to a criminal complaint, law enforcement received information that a man, identified as 40-year-old Raul Mejia-Lopez, was trafficking a large amount of meth and was expecting a shipment at his St. Paul home.
With a warrant in hand, authorities arrived at the home, located on Acker Street, around 7:30 a.m. last Saturday to search the property.
Both Mejia-Lopez and Adriana Aguilar Gonzalez, 27, were at detained at the home while authorities searched the premises.
A St. Paul police officer and his K9 partner, Sarik, were searching the outside of the home when Sarik picked up the scent of narcotics, located in a bed of recently planted flowers.
Officers dug through the fresh dirt and discovered a plastic garbage bag with a soft-sided cooler inside. The cooler contained nine individually sealed tupperware containers with about a pound of meth in each.
Authorities also found a receipt for the recently planted flowers from Oct. 7 -- one day before the search warrant was executed.
Police found multiple IDs and social security cards for both Mejia-Lopez and Gonzalez at the residence. Both were charged with first-degree possession of methamphetamine and first-degree intent to sell the narcotics.