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"Quincey" Reports for Duty as Part of Oregon's Fight Against Illegal Drugs
07/23/2008
Sergeant David Beck
Oregon State Police
Drug Detection Canine Program
Office: (541) 776-6114 ext. 243

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The Oregon State Police (OSP) added their seventh Drug Detection Canine, and first assigned at the Klamath Falls Area Command office, as part of an effective program helping detect illegal drugs and other evidence on our highways and in communities.
 
"Quincey", a two-year old male Black Labrador Retriever, and his handler recently completed an 80-hour Basic Drug Detection Handler Course and certification process before hitting the roads out of the Klamath Falls Area Command office assisting law enforcement agencies in south central Oregon and around the State. During the first month "Quincey" was involved in a traffic stop and found over 16 pounds of Marijuana.
 
OSP Sergeant David Beck, Drug Dog Detection Program Coordinator, explained these dogs are trained to detect the controlled substance odors.
 
"The dog's keen sense of smell is vastly superior to that of the human, and therefore is invaluable", said Beck, who has been working with dogs for 18 years and was the handler of an OSP drug dog named "Beepers" who retired after 9 years of service. "They are trained to conducted searches of vehicles, buildings, storage facilities, luggage, and various other environments and locations."
 
Drug detection dogs have proven to be an invaluable resource on and off the highway. According to Sergeant Beck, since 2005 OSP drug dogs have been involved in the seizure of nearly 700 pounds of Marijuana, over 150 pounds of Cocaine, almost 50 pounds of Methamphetamine, as well as Ecstasy, LSD, Vicodin, and counterfeit DVDs. Currency seizures have exceeded $2 million.
 
Examples of some of the several success stories OSP drug dogs have had working with their assigned handlers around the State, include:
 
* On March 4, 2008, an OSP trooper accompanied by a drug detection canine were involved in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 south of Woodburn that led to the discovery of approximately 44 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $400,000.
 
* On March 1, 2008, OSP troopers made a traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Medford. With the help of an OSP drug detection canine, troopers found approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.6 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $110,000.
 
* On October 19, 2007, OSP troopers were involved in a traffic stop of a sport utility vehicle northbound Interstate 5 near Woodburn. With the help of an OSP drug detection canine, approximately 45 pounds of cocaine and two pounds of crystal methamphetamine were found concealed in the vehicle worth about $500,000.
 
* On May 10, 2007, an OSP trooper stopped a passenger car with two occupants following a reckless driving complaint. With the help of a Klamath Falls Police Department drug detection canine, approximately 93 pounds of marijuana was found in the trunk.
 
* On May 8, 2007, an OSP trooper accompanied by a drug detection canine stopped a passenger car westbound on Interstate 84 in the Pendleton area. An OSP drug detection canine helped find approximately 171 pounds of marijuana.
 
* On June 4, 2006, an OSP trooper stopped a pickup on Interstate 5 north of Medford. An OSP drug detection canine helped find approximately 200 pounds of marijuana concealed behind the passenger compartment.
 
Information about the Oregon State Police Drug Detection Canine Program, including photographs our all OSP drug dogs, is available on our website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/PATROL/canine_program.shtml.