MEDFORD, Ore. – Troopers have additional help cracking down on drug trafficking with the help of two new K-9’s on their team. Thunder and Hank will join eight other K-9’s statewide.
“They’re purchased from Washington and there’s a special agency up there that that’s all they do. They have quite a pairing out process. Not many dogs are able to make it, they look for specifics,” says Senior trooper Bill Matson.
K-9’s like Hank and Thunder can detect hidden drugs or even residue from drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine. Their skills have helped troopers confiscate millions of dollars worth of drugs in the past.
“It’s going to be him and I out on the roads. To do drug detection or criminal apprehension, it’s just an augmentation and these dogs will help fine tune what we already do out there,” explained Trooper Greg Walker.
The dogs’ keen senses are critical for the job, but the relationship with their handlers is just as important. For two weeks, the dogs will work with their handlers, going through a certification process and at the same time build a connection with their handler.
Thunder will patrol in Ontario and Hank will work in Bend.