Wichita Falls, TX - In less than a month of being on the job, the Wichita County Sheriff's two new K-9's have help seize nearly 100 lbs of drugs off Texoma streets.
Eight-month-old, K-9's Cain and Abel joined the Wichita County Sheriff's K-9 unit more than two weeks ago after completing a three week basic handler course at Full Armor Canine Academy, based out of San Antonio.
There the dogs and their handlers underwent training in detection work for drugs, tracking, and suspect and apprehension. These training exercises are essential to help law enforcement when out on the streets and have to make split second decisions.
"The dogs are trained to detect controlled substances and or drugs in patrol aspects. So they either find drugs or they find people," said Josh Brown, Corporal, Wichita County Sheriff's Office."
Newschannel 6 talked with the handlers to see how these dogs will continue to help crackdown on drug trafficking in Wichita County.
"They came out and hit it hard. Within the first week, both of them got 40lbs of marijuana each and they've continued to get stops. They've continued to get arrest," said Brown.
Wichita County Sheriff David Duke told Newschannel 6, "Both of them were on Highway 287, with the drugs that have been transported from one part of the country to the other."
Sheriff Duke believes these dogs are a great investment and will greatly help his deputies for years to come.
"It's just the best way you can fight some of the crime with narcotics, is to have a dog assist," said Duke. "Right now, we have three of them. Three young dogs that have been well trained, with dog handlers. It's just a win, win for us."
While both dogs completed their training, Brown said handlers will continue working with them to expand their skills.
The Wichita County Sheriff's office told Newchannel 6 each K-9 cost $10,500 and were paid for using the sheriff's forfeiture fund. No money to purchase these dogs came from Wichita County budgeted funds.