Cocaine arrest leads police to doghouse drugs

May 17, 2000|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two pet owners were in jail last night after drugs were found in a backyard doghouse occupied by three pit bulls.

"You couldn't ask for a better way to protect the drugs," said Detective William Denford of the Central District drug enforcement unit.

About 1: 30 p.m. yesterday, after Denford purchased $175 worth of suspected cocaine from a man in the 1800 block of N. Rosedale St., officers arrested the seller. At the suspect's home in the 3000 block of Presstman St., where a second man was arrested, police reported seizing $10,000 and drug packaging materials.

In the back yard, police pulled the roof off a large wooden doghouse and found 1.9 pounds of suspected cocaine in 1-ounce plastic bags, Denford said. The narcotics have a street value of $300,000, he said.

Trenell Murphy, 25, and Kenneth Dunn, 35, both of the Presstman Street address were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Denford said.

They were taken to Central Booking and Intake Center.

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