Deputies Find Dog on Meth While Searching Suspect’s Home

Deputies Find Dog on Meth While Searching Suspect’s Home
Matthew Denton Pope, charged with drug possession and possessing stolen goods after his arrest on Aug. 6, 2019. (Sampson County Sheriff's Office via AP)

CLINTON, N.C.—Authorities said they encountered an aggressive dog on methamphetamine while searching a North Carolina property where a suspect had stashed a stolen boat, chain saws, and a motorcycle.

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement saying the case began on Tuesday, Aug. 6 when deputies stopped a suspect towing a lawn mower that was reported stolen from a police department. Authorities said they found oxycodone in Matthew Denton Pope’s vehicle.

Investigators then searched Pope’s home and found more stolen items, according to the release. Animal Control officers were called because a dog there was acting aggressively and strangely. Authorities said the dog tested positive for methamphetamine.

Pope was being held Thursday on charges including drug possession and possessing stolen goods. A woman answering a phone listing for him declined to speak to a reporter.

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