K-9 Units Train in Valdosta Using 50 Pounds of Marijuana

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- April 24, 2012 --

K-9 units from around the country came to Valdosta to train with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates was there to see the dogs in action.

They used a car with 50 pounds of marijuana in it to train the dogs. About 20 canine units took part. Teams came from South Florida and Arkansas to participate.

One of the trainers, Marsha Peavy, described what it takes for a dog to qualify as a drug dog. She said "the four drives that we're looking for are hunt, air scent, retrieve and prey. And as long as a dog has those four drives than they are trainable."

The Deputy Canine Handler for the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, Casey Cobe, said "It's a partnership between the handler and the dog. A lot of people don't understand that a dog is not a machine. It's as individual as you or and I. They have their own individual personalities, they have good days and bad days. So we have to strike a balance between handler and dog and marry those two together."

Over 200,000 pounds of marijuana was seized in Georgia last year.
A dog's nose can be up to 10-thousand times stronger than a human.

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  • by anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    I attended this training and the reporter did leave out the fact that other substances used include meth, mdma (ecstacy, cocaine, and heroin. Funny that so many ppl out there are against America's war on drugs until a family member falls into the addictive world of drugs then they gripe that law enforcement as a whole should step up the enforcement.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
    If there were no drugs, law enforcement wouldn't need so many toys. Ever wonder why the war on drugs doesn't work? Because if cops really reduced the amount of drugs and people to arrest, they would be signing their own walking papers.
  • by OK on Apr 25, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    Report all false alerts to your local sheriff's office and to your State P.O.S.T. headquarters to root out corrupt handlers and dogs. Many times folks are told the dog hit and they search your vehicle to find nothing. This waste's your time,officer's time and taxpayer dollars. So report all abuses and a pattern will develop soon to show the crooked ones.
  • by Long Haired Country Boy Location: The back 40 on Apr 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    If you REALLY want to put the cartels back to setting up their sisters with farm animals in Juarez, BUY LOCAL!! USA!!!! Until then, The 21st century Al Capones,Pablo Escobars will make billions while you spend millions in your pathetic attempts to interdict what is in great demand. Capitalism rocks!
  • by Me on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:54 AM
    We really do need to do a better job picking our battles. Pot users don't shoot people or start fights. Go after cocaine, heroin, and the like. I don't 'do' drugs but I sure would like to see those lazy pot smokers at least pay taxes for the stuff. The dogs are great and as a trained trainer of my personal dogs for other purposes (NOT FIGHTING) I do like to see police and prisoners work with dogs. I makes both better people. . Chicken Gutz, It is easy to read the headline and think the dogs and handlers were using pot while training (smoking it). Forcing a dog to take a toke is just wrong.
  • by Chicken Gutz on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    Ya know I can see taking a toke or two before some difficult training, but 50# is over the top.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to Chicken Gutz
      Yeah I should become a cop so I can party as well as they do!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    50 lbs of pot will certainly reek, and you wouldn't need expensive training or special dogs to know that.
  • by really? Location: Lowndes on Apr 25, 2012 at 05:58 AM
    Melinda sounds like an illegal immigrant that likes to smoke a lot of weed. Illegal is Illegal. It does not matter if you agree with the law or not.
  • by Dee Location: Valdosta on Apr 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    They should be more focused on the Meth problem and prescription drug abuse than with weed. Legalize it, tax it, regulate it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    Pot prohibition is big business - it's built into the budget of the State. They make a lot of money on fines, property siezures and probation fees. Plus, we've got so many cops we have to keep them busy.
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      by Mecq on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM in reply to
      I concur.....!!!!!!
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