Chambers Co. K-9 unit finds drugs in first day on job

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  There is a new Chambers County Sheriff's deputy in town and he is literally putting his nose to the ground and getting to work.

K9-officer Ivan, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, is the newest addition to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office.

During his first search, he alerted the drug task force to a suitcase located in a back bedroom under the bed where several pounds of marijuana was found.

"They make our job a whole lot easier, we would have had to turn that house upside down and he found it in like less than two minutes," said Sgt. Mike Parrish with Chambers County Drug Task Force.

Forty-seven-year-old Stanley Johnson was arrested and faces trafficking charges after agents seized more than 3 pounds of marijuana and $6,000 from his Lanett home.

Sgt. Parrish says watching Ivan on his first day, makes him proud.

Several years ago, Parrish's K9 partner, Narco was shot and killed by a suspected drug dealer.   Then tragedy struck the Chambers County K9 program a second time. K9 Officer Kilo died from a possible heat stroke after the ventilation system in a patrol SUV malfunctioned.

Parrish says it is nice to see Narco and Kilo's legacy live on.

Agents say, if it is approved by a judge, the money seized will go into a forfeiture fund and will be used to put even more suspected drug dealers behind bars.

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