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MHP Gets New K-9's

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says they're fighting back in the war on drugs, thanks to the help of Mississippi citizens. This week three new k-9 dogs paid for by donations were added to the force.

The three, four-legged additions to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, are named Rico, Lentz and Solo; 2 narcotics k-9's and one bomb detection dog, paid for and trained with $4,00.00 in donations.

Troopers say without them, they couldn't have the upper hand or paw in the war on drugs.

"Nowadays smugglers are getting more slick with the way they transport drugs, more ingenious with it," said Master Sargeant Elmo Townsend. "They're hiding it in places in the vehicle. It's hard to detect with your eye, with your hands, or what you see or smell. The dogs can reach in those areas and smell stuff we can't."

The dogs are graduating this week from Alpha K-9 on State Street in Jackson. After six weeks of training, they can ignore the temptation of playing with a tennis ball, focusing only on the smell of narcotics.

 "We want to raise the distraction level so all they trust is their nose," said Rany Ware, owner of Alpha K-9. "We completely take their eyes and ears away from them as far as what they're trusting to give us a alert behavior. We want it to be just about getting to the source."

In coming weeks the Belgian Malinois will be on the job in Jackson, Batesville and Meridian, working to take a bite out of crime.

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