ALAMEDA - A police dog sniffed out methamphetamine on Tuesday that would sell for at least $3,000 on the street, when the dog searched a car parked outside a suspected drug dealer's apartment, according to investigators.

Police said the methamphetamine was hidden in the trunk of a car owned by the man's girlfriend, who was arrested at the complex in the 2100 block of Alameda Avenue.

Police declined to release the 41-year-old woman's name, saying the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is still reviewing the case and that it remains under investigation.

Officers visited the apartment of 49-year-old Dennis Young following his arrest Monday night on a bench warrant from an earlier narcotics case, in which he faces felony charges of possessing a controlled substance and transporting and distributing a controlled substance, police records show.

After interviewing Young, investigators brought in patrol Officer Chris Rech and his dog, Duke, on Tuesday to carry out a probation search of the apartment and Young's property.

Along with finding about 3 ounces of methamphetamine in the trunk of his girlfriend's 1998 Honda Civic, the dog helped locate about one-quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine under the windshield visor of Young's 2006 Honda Accord, police said.


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A scale and plastic bags were also found in the woman's car, said a narcotics officer who asked not to be named.

The couple are suspected of dealing methamphetamine in Alameda and nearby cities, police said.

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