The Oregon State Patrol has a new valuable member of its team. Her name is Sadie, and she is an 18 month old Labrador retriever.
"Our drug detection canines have proven to be important partners for our Department and other public safety agencies both on and off the road. They play an important role in finding illegal drugs and related evidence on our highways and in local communities," said Sergeant David Beck, OSP Drug Detection Canine program coordinator who has worked with dogs for over 21 years.
Sadie will be replacing retiring drug detection canine, Quincey. The value of these strategically placed K-9 units are priceless to the department in their effectiveness.
"The dogs are an invaluable resource when searching vehicles, buildings, storage facilities, luggage and other environments because the dog's keen sense of smell is far superior to that of any person," said Beck.
Between 2011 and 2012 Oregon State Patrol K-9 units are responsible to the confiscation of over 800 pounds of marijuana, nearly 90 pounds of heroin, 113 pounds of cocaine, and 123 pounds of Methamphetamine.