Drug Dog Alerts to $50,000 in Car–Occupants Profess Surprise

Anyone else wondering how the officers determined that the young men were planning on transporting marijuana?

Trinity Co. Sheriff’s Press Release:

On October 19, 2012 a California Highway Patrol (CHP) patrol unit stopped a vehicle driven by Keiston M. Shivers for speeding in the area of Fawn Lodge Road in Trinity County. When the CHP Officer contacted Shivers he noticed the odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. The CHP Officer searched the vehicle and located a box containing $50,000.00 in cash. The Trinity Narcotics Task Force (TNTF), consisting of members of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP, responded to the scene to assume the investigation. Trinity County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nate Trujillo and his K-9 partner Johnny responded to the scene. The K-9 alerted on the vehicle and the money. Both Shivers and his passenger, Donavon J. Fields claimed they did not know the box contained money and they both said the money was not theirs, and they did not know who it belonged to or what it was for. The investigation led Officers to believe the money was connected to drug trafficking. The TNTF arrested Fields and Shivers for the attempt to transport marijuana and money laundering.

Fields and Shivers were being held on $10,000.00 bail and bailed out of the Trinity County Jail on October 19, 2012.

Persons Arrested:


Donavon James Fields, DOB: 08/07/1991, Titusville, Florida

Keiston Marquell Shivers, DOB: 10/02/1988, Pitsville, Florida

11370.9(f) HS – Attempt to avoid a transaction report
11360(a) HS – Attempt to transport marijuana


Agency’s involved:
California Highway Patrol
Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
Trinity Narcotics Task Force


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