WEST POINT -- The Davis County sheriff's newest K-9 member sniffed out almost 9 grams of methamphetamine in a car driven by a man who has a long history of drug convictions.
Hasko, a German shepherd, was called to a traffic stop at 4000 W. 300 North in West Point at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen said.
The driver was pulled over "because he was driving way too fast," Poulsen said. He was clocked doing 70 mph in a residential area. The deputy noticed that the driver, Joel Craig Parkinson, appeared to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
Hasko let officers know there were drugs in the vehicle, Poulsen said.
When they searched the vehicle, they found 9 grams of meth, equipment and materials consistent with distribution of drugs, a .22-caliber handgun and more than $1,000 in cash, Poulsen said.
Parkinson was booked in the county jail on one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.
According to the court website, Parkinson has been charged with felonies nine times since 1999. In those cases, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges, mostly misdemeanors.
In 2006, he pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court in Farmington to one count of second-degree felony possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of third-degree felony unlawful person carrying a handgun and one count of carrying a loaded firearm in a car, a class B misdemeanor.
In 2009 he pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court in Ogden to second-degree felony possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three years' probation with Adult Probation and Parole. In 2011, his probation was terminated successfully, according to the court website.