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Kennewick Police Welcome New K9 Trained to Sniff Out Narcotics

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The Kennewick Police Department introduced the newest member of their force Tuesday.

Bear is a two-year-old K9 trained to sniff out narcotics. He completed seven months of training and is now ready for the job.

Bear is trained to search for heroin, crack, cocaine and meth. He was not trained to track marijuana because the drug is now legal in Washington.

He is the first K9 in the Tri-Cities to only focus on narcotic searches.

"We can apply K9 Bear to a vehicle or whatever the situation is and if he alerts on that location, that would give us probable cause to obtain a search warrant," said Ofc. Isaac Merkl.

When Bear smells a drug, his posture changes to alert officers he found something. Officer Merkl and Bear will assist the Metro Drug Task Force and the Violent Crimes Task Force.

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