NBCRightNow.com - Oregon State Police are welcoming a new four-legged member to the department.
Sadie, an 18-month-old labrador, and her handler recently completed training. They are now joining eight other drug detection canines working around the state with OSP and other law enforcement agencies investigating drug crimes.
Sadie and her assigned trooper will be working out of an office stationed along I-84.
To maximize their effectiveness, OSP drug detection canines are placed with their specially trained troopers at strategically selected OSP office locations, available to help locally and around the state as needed.
Prior to Sadie, OSP had nine trained dogs after the addition of two canines in 2012.
During 2011 and 2012, OSP's drug detection canines and their handlers were involved in law enforcement contacts resulting in the seizure of:
- Over 800 pounds of Marijuana
- 123 pounds of Methamphetamine
- 113 pounds of Cocaine
- Approximately 90 pounds of Heroin
- 12 pounds of Psilocybin Mushrooms
- Other evidence and illegal proceeds related to drug crimes
All training includes a two-week OSP drug detection handler course and certification process designed to detect odors from controlled substances. The majority of searches involving OSP drug detection canines occur along the highway during vehicle stops when couriers try to conceal drugs and other evidence to avoid discovery.