New PCPD employee makes drug bust without panting

Ponca City Now - January 13, 2014 1:40 pm

A police tool helped a Ponca City cop arrest two men with possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

Koda, the police dog has completed his training and began work Wednesday.

Thursday night he was called to a traffic stop.

Police Chief, Don Bohon explained the officer had reasonable suspicion, but that doesn’t enable him to search a vehicle without consent.

Ben Garrison, Koda’s handler said K9 units aren’t invasive, so they can sniff vehicles.

“We started working the vehicle, he showed quite a bit of interest in that drivers side," Garrison said. " I continued to work him around, and we came back to the drivers side and he hit that handle and indicated immediately.”

Koda identified the scent of drugs on the drivers-side door handle.

At that point, the officer had probable cause to search the vehicle.

During the search five bags of meth was discovered, along with some prescription pills.

Garrison said those drugs wouldn’t have been found without Koda.

The bust was also made within 2,000 feet of a school, so it’s an aggravated offense.

Koda is certified yearly on his ability to identify Meth, Heroine, Marijuana and Cocaine.

Although, Koda is trained as a working dog, he is still a puppy.

He joined us on our interview and was showing how much he missed Garrison over the weekend, jumping in his lap and licking his face.

“He is very friendly, but that command gets him every time,” Garrison said

Koda’s chosen language is German.

He is also trained to search large areas and is able to chase fleeing suspects.


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