A dog that started off life in a dog fighting ring in Canada is now helping law enforcement in Craven County.

Nibbles was rescued from a dogfighting ring in Canada and rehabilitated by Throwaway Dog Project. He was then trained in drug detection and was donated to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year and assigned to K9 Deputy McCaw.

Nibbles detected drugs in a car after its driver was stopped for a license check on Simmons Street in New Bern on Monday.

During the vehicle search, deputies discovered a backpack containing approximately 9.5 grams of heroin and 17 grams of cocaine along with scales and syringes.

Quanterrio Mejias of Colonial Way, New Bern was charged with trafficking in heroin and possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine. He is being held in the Craven County Detention Center with bail set at $500,000.

Nibbles went home that night with Deputy McCaw, a long way from Canada and an even longer way from life in a dog fighting ring.


K9 Nibbles is breaking record numbers month after month with taking suspected criminals and drugs off the streets but another recent bust was huge and involved drug trafficking.

‘Our boy needed a second chance. It took a village to make this happen and we couldn’t be more proud of him!” Throwaway Dogs Project said on its Facebook page.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, Craven County Investigators and Craven County K9 Nibbles responded to a drug complaint at the Hampton Inn in Havelock. Deputies located several individuals inside a parked vehicle in the rear parking lot of the business using an illegal controlled substance. Upon search of the vehicle; marijuana, a concealed handgun and drug paraphernalia were located. It was determined that some of the occupants of the vehicle provided false names.

Through further investigation, a search of the room rented by the individuals was conducted and the true identities were determined. Inside of the rented room were approximately 2,000, 30 milligram Oxycodone pills packaged for sale. The pills, a handgun, U.S. currency, and drug paraphernalia were seized.

Items seized by law enforcement in Havelock with the help of Nibbles.

Alyssa Diaz of Tampa, Fl., was charged with Trafficking Opium/Heroin and carrying a concealed weapon. Diaz bond is $550,000.00 secured.

Starlin Ozuna of Lawrence, Mass., was charged with Trafficking Opium/Heroin, Identity Theft, Carry a concealed handgun and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ozuna bond is $650,000.00 secured.

Ramon Lara-Payana of Tampa, Fl., was charged with Identity Theft and carrying a concealed handgun and possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon. Ramon Lara-Payana was also wanted out of the state of Arizona and Florida for drug trafficking offenses. Lara-Payana bond is $80,000 on the new charges and is awaiting extradition for the out of state warrants.

K9 Deputy McCaw and Nibbles.

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