On 05-18-2020 at approximately 10:30 pm, a Chico Police Officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle at the Rodeway Inn, 1717 Park Avenue. The officer made contact with the driver and a front passenger inside the vehicle. During the stop, the officer requested a K9 unit to assist with the traffic stop. The driver was identified as Ben Jacoboni, age 31, of Chico.
CPD K9 Officer Parsons responded to the scene with his partner, K9 Odin. K9 Odin is a dual purpose canine that is used for patrol and narcotics detection. During a scent search on the outside of the vehicle, K9 Odin detected the presence of narcotic odor within the vehicle. Officers then searched the interior of the vehicle. The search yielded the following items; 69.8 grams of Heroin, narcotic paraphernalia, a loaded firearm magazine and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Jacoboni was placed under arrest for Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia, Possession of Ammunition and Transportation of Narcotics. Jacoboni was also on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for previous narcotics violations at the time. He was ultimately transported to the Butte County Jail.
All of the K9’s working for the Chico Police Department are dual purpose teams. Their on-going training in narcotic detection provides a valuable tool for law enforcement officers.