The Graham Police Department is cracking down on drug users. With the help of a K-9 dog called Marco the department made their biggest bust yet.
Thirty-three-year-old Isaac Levi Harden was arrested for drug possession on Friday August 26. He was found with 26 grams of methamphetamine along with a set of digital scales, small plastic baggies, several syringes, cash and other narcotic related materials. Harden was booked into the Young County jail facing a list of drug charges.
The Graham Police Department has only had Marco since May and they say the dog has already made a big impact for the town.
He's the talk of the town the two-year-old German Shepherd who joined the department months ago is not only a good listener but an even better drug dog.
"Ten to fifteen searches that we've done and every time that he's had a positive alert he has found something," said Graham Police Chief Tony Widner.
Marco makes the rounds along the town with his trainer Sgt. Devin Wright, sometimes going to schools and other times just patrolling the streets.
"What we're here to do is to take the drugs off the street so less people are affected by them," said Officer Wright.
Chief Widner doesn't know the exact amount of narcotics Marco has found but says it's made
a dent in the sellers and users in town and more importantly, saved lives.
"Every time I think the dog finds something and takes it off the streets we've saved a life," he said.
"Drugs bring in the criminal element and all that goes along with that," said Resident Stephen Goodwin. "Anything that can put a dent and get the drugs off the street is great."
He as two grandchildren in the school system supports the K-9 100 percent alongside resident Teresa Ford.
"I think it's a great asset, we can always use the help," said Ford.
The citizens are happy and so are the officers and it's the dog that's changing the town one sniff at a time.
"If we only get small seizures the whole time we're here then that's absolutely fine with us that's what we're here to do, is to take the drugs off the street," said Officer Wright.
The department received Marco by raising $25,000 through the Citizens Police Auxiliary and Graham residents.