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Boomer strikes again

— Boomer, the drug-sniffing canine employed by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, is being credited with another drug bust.

About 1 p.m. Thursday, a Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled over a Nissan Titan truck near mile marker 125 on U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs because of the truck’s dark window tint.

The trooper discovered the passenger, Jesus A. Herrera, 20, had three warrants, and Deputy Ed Hendricks arrived to assist.

While the trooper was writing the citation for the window tint, Hendricks led Boomer around the truck. According to an arrest affidavit, Boomer sat down and indicated drugs were in the truck.

According to Undersheriff Ray Birch, 11.1 grams of methamphetamine and five grams of cocaine were recovered.

The driver, Diego H. Barragan, 20, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, having obstructed windows and driving without a driver’s license.

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Herrera was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of failing to appear in court.

Boomer joined the Sheriff’s Office in April and has been deployed 13 times, Hendricks said. Boomer’s work has so far led to five drug-related arrests.

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