Police Dogs Help in Ohio Drug Battle

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email
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More than just "man's best friend".

Police dogs take a big bite out of drug smuggling in Ohio.

The State Highway Patrol's use of dogs to sniff out drugs has resulted in a dramatic increase of seizures this year; meth busts are up 139 percent from a year ago.

The highway patrol uses 32 police dogs across the state - that number doubling the amount of dogs they had 10 years ago.

"Bari", a belgian shephard, was born in the Netherlands and serves 12 Ohio counties, including Washington, Morgan, Athens, Meigs and Gallia.

"The canines are great tools. And really what's really helped get drugs off the streets are dogs, but also the training the troopers are receiving," says Trooper Steven Daugherty. "Troopers are getting smarter in how to detect drug traffickers. And the dogs are doing a good job by detecting that narcotic odor."

Trooper Daugherty calls the dogs "dual purpose canines" because they're multi-trained.

Bari can also be used for tracking or criminal apprehension - that's his chance to show off his powerful bite.


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