Police: Federal officers, K-9 hospitalized after drug contact

An Ohio truck driver whose truck was stopped for inspection in Fairview Township is charged with assault after police say federal officers and a K-9 came in contact with PCP in his truck, sending all three to the hospital.

Fairview Township Police say Ahmed Mohamed Ali only admitted to police that he had "Khat," a recreational drug. 

Ali, 33, of Columbus, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and drug charges. 

Ahmed Ali

Pulled in for inspection: According to police, Ali pulled into the Defense Logistics Agency about 9 a.m.. Friday, Aug. 31.

The facility is the military's defense logistics agency outside  New Cumberland.

Charging documents indicate that a lieutenant called Fairview Township Police because Ali had controlled substances in his vehicle.

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A K-9 searched the outside of the truck and found something, prompting two officers to search the inside of the truck after Ali gave consent for them to do so, police aid.

Two federal officers searched the cab and found a glass smoking device and a clear bag with a green leafy substance inside, officials said. One of the officers tested residue from the device and found a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine, according to police.

After searching the cab, both officers noticed an unusual metallic taste in their mouth, numbness in their extremities and other "unusual feelings," officials said.

The K-9, according to police, had unusual heavy breathing and a fast heart rate.

The two officers were taken to Harrisburg Hospital, and the K-9 was taken to Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Center for treatment, according to charging documents.

The department said in a news release that the K-9 tested positive for exposure to PCP. The officers and the K-9 were treated and released.

While speaking to police, Ali admitted that he owned the smoking device in the truck, but he denied smoking illicit drugs from the device, according to police. 

He said the green substance was "Khat," documents state. Officials say he said he got it from an acquaintance but would not provide any additional information. 

Ali was taken to the county's central booking unit and was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19 at District Judge Scott Gross' office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.