Just hours after receiving certification as a Lone Grove K-9 officer, Phillip Wolfenberger turned in his first drug bust.
Wolfenberger said he pulled over Terry Lynn Henry, 54, of Wilson for a defective equipment violation at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. During the traffic stop, Wolfenberger noticed Henry showed signs of nervousness and was clenching the steering wheel. He then used his drug dog, which made a hit on the vehicle. Wolfenberger said he searched in the area and located 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine in the air breather located in the engine compartment. The meth has a street value of $1,100 to $1,200, Wolfenberger said.
It was a first for Wolfenberger, who was commissioned as a K-9 officer Thursday afternoon.
“It was my first drug-interdiction stop, the first time I had pulled the dog out,” he said. “I’m happy I was able to prevent drugs from making it into the community. It makes me feel really good,” Wolfenberger said.
Henry was charged Friday in district court with unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (methamphetamine). Henry was released on $15,000 bail the same day. A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 16. Henry has a history of drug offenses dating back to 2002.