Jan 6, 2016 4:47 PM

Defense: Police promised to find Salem man's lost dog if they could search room for weed

BRENTWOOD - A California man who was found with 20 pounds of marijuana at a Salem hotel in June says he only let police search his room because they promised to find his lost German shepherd.

READ: 20 pounds of weed, $160,000 cash seized from man at Salem Red Roof Inn

The dog, Max, belonged to Charles Barcus, 63, who was arrested by Salem police after Max escaped from his room and the hotel housekeeper saw him.

Scott Bratton, defense lawyer for Barcus, made the case in court papers that police bargained to find Max in exchange for a chance to search the apartment.

READ: Police search for dog of Salem drug suspect caught with 20 pounds of marijuana

“He loves the dog, Max, who is likely his best friend,” Bratton said in a court motion, according to the Union Leader. “The loss of the dog would be unimaginable to him.”

Barcus wants the judge to bar his self-incriminating statements to the police, and physical evidence taken from the room. Barcus was indicted in October for drug possession and intent to sell.

Bratton said in court papers that his client had a valid license from California, of which he is a resident “to possess marijuana for personal use — to ameliorate the effects of the pain and treatment associated with cancer.”

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