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Multiple I-80 drug seizures prompted by DSCO K-9's

Posted at 4:52 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 18:15:31-05

A bite out of crime would be an understatement for the work done this week by Douglas County's four legged friends.

In the last 3 days Douglas County K-9 Fletch, his handler Deputy Eric Olson, and another K-9 Loki have taken down almost 73 pounds of marijuana, 6 pounds of methamphetamine, and 2,000 vials of hash oil all from stops on Interstate 80.

Since mid-December the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says more than 900 pounds of marijuana has been confiscated.  It has a street value of 3 million dollars.  They've also seized methamphetamine, and fentanyl.

Deputy Olson says he can make the traffic stops but Fletch can smell through whatever the criminals are trying to use to mask the smell of drugs.

"These dogs are critical for the seizure of those drugs.  These guys that are transporting they're not going to let us search the vehicle.  These dogs give us that right to search that vehicle," Dep. Olson explained.

More than one dozen arrests have been made of people from California, Indiana, and New Jersey trafficking the drugs through the state.