EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The United States Police Canine Association awarded a Vanderburgh County Sheriff deputy and his K9 partner for the apprehension of a suspected marijuana dealer.
Deputy Griffin Bush and 6-year-old Archie were recognized at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the sheriff’s operation center for their outstanding performance.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Deputy Bush and Archie were called to a house where a suspect with a felony warrant was reportedly staying in November 2018.
Deputies didn’t feel comfortable going into the house and searching alone, so Archie was brought in to help track down the suspect.
“One of the most dangerous parts of law enforcement is looking for people inside a house or building who know they are subject to arrest,” Wedding said.
Authorities say they located the suspect holed up in the attic of the house. Pepper balls were used to drive him out.
“While Deputy Bush was focused on apprehending the suspect, Archie went into narcotic search mode,” Wedding said.
The suspect was apprehended, and Deputy Bush found Archie near a bucket containing 3.5 pounds of marijuana wrapped tightly in plastic bags.
The marijuana was worth around $7,000, according to Sheriff Wedding. Deputies also found $5,600 in cash.
“(Deputy Bush and Archie) went into the house without the premise of searching for narcotics,” Wedding said. “The dog used his own training and intuition to locate the substance.
“I’m a former K9 handler, so I have a special love for the unit. This makes me even more proud that one of our dogs received such an award.”
USPCA’s “Catch of the Quarter” award is given to patrol dog teams across the country for outstanding performance in the detection and prevention of crime.