SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.- A mom is behind bars after sheriff's deputies stopped her car and discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of drugs, but it was a K9 who sniffed out the goods.
Jack, a playful black Labrador is no ordinary dog. He is a highly trained dog sniffing K9 for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.
"He sniffs out drugs, that's his job. He can find cocaine, methamphetamine, heroine, opium, and marijuana," said Deputy Allen Barger, San Luis Obispo County Sherrif's Office.
The last 3 and a half years, Jack has been Deputy Allen Barger's partner in crime. Just two days ago, Jack sniffed out $228,000 worth of drugs.
"He can save us a lot of time, so he can show us what direction, where we should start our search. He can save us man hours which saves us money," said Barger.
Barger says a drug sniffing dog costs about $30,000, if you total the training and equipment.
"A deputy costs the department, with benefits, probably over $100,000, so instead of putting two deputies we can put one deputy and the canine in the car," said Barger.
Just this year, Jack has made well-over 100 drug arrests. When Central Coast News asked Barger why he chooses to work with Jack instead of a deputy,"He's easy to get along with and we don't argue," he laughed.
Deputy Barger says K9s not only save the department money, but it allows more deputies to be out on the field and respond to more service calls.
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