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Clark County deputies find meth, bayonet and bottle of urine in vehicle during traffic stop

Clark Co. (News Release) - On May 27, 2014, at about 8:58 p.m., Jeffrey P. Mertens, 29 years old, was arrested on Highway 29 near Abbotsford. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture/delivery of methamphetamine, operating with a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substances and carrying a concealed weapon.

Mr. Mertens was traveling east when he passed an unmarked K9 unit at a high rate of speed. The deputy stopped the vehicle for speeding and advised the driver he would be running his dog around the vehicle. Mr. Mertens said he 'was clean' and commented that he just passed a urine test for his probation agent.

After the dog alerted on the vehicle, Mr. Mertens was searched. The deputy found a methamphetamine pipe that was still hot, a small butane torch and a Bic lighter. When asked about the items, he said he was going to Abbotsford to get some methamphetamine. The deputy also located a bag of methamphetamine in his left shoe.

When deputies searched the vehicle, the found a digital scale, baggies of methamphetamine, a pistol holder, a 12-inch bayonet in a sheath under the driver's sear and a bottle of urine. Authorities believe the urine was used by Mr. Mertens to pass the earlier urine test.

Mr. Mertens is currently being held in the Clark County Jail under a $10,000 cash bond.
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