Just a few weeks ago Leon County DPS Troopers discovered more seven kilos of cocaine during one traffic stop alone. With a large rural county to cover and one of the largest arteries for drivers to travel through -- the Leon County Sheriff's Office is now taking matters into their hands to crack down on drug traffickers.
“Hey Rock! You ready to go to work buddy?” said Leon County Sheriff Deputy Bart Dorman.
It took less than 15 seconds for Leon County Sheriff's newest street deputy to sniff out a zip-lock bag full of marijuana hidden in the engine of a pick-up truck.
“His primary goal is drug detection,” said Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Bart Dorman. “We eventually want to train him for tracking, but right now, he’s primarily for drug detection right now.”
Whether it's weed, or crack cocaine, or crystal meth -- Rock's nose...knows.
“When he smells an odor, he sniffs it out, and he sits on it,” Dorman said.
Rock is the first K-9 the sheriff's office has had in years. Dudley and Diana Wood, the owners of Woody's in Centerville, purchased Rock and paid for the training. Billy Walter's, of Walter's Funeral Home donated Rock's Kennel that now sits in the back of Dorman’s Patrol Tahoe.
On July 22nd Deputy Dorman met Rock in Bandera, Texas and the two have been training together ever since.
"He's hyper; he's high-driven and that's what makes him good at what he does,” said Dorman.
Cracking down on drug trafficking and narcotics in the county has always been the primary goal for the sheriff's office. Deputy Dorman says the easy access to Interstate 45 enables traffickers to come and go without ever being noticed.
"Just a few weeks ago, we had one of our local troopers stop a vehicle and he found a little over seven kilos of cocaine during the stop,” said Dorman.
After patrolling the county for the last five years, “You have weeks that you run call after call. But then you may go a week or so and it seems pretty mild,” Dorman added. “But then it just seems that when it hits -- it hits all at once.”
He and his new partner will now be able to primarily focus on narcotics; and hopes to partner with the schools to set a good example on the younger generation living and learning in Leon County.
"You've got people that they're going to do what they want to do and I'm hoping we can deter the younger generation who don't know whether they want to be good or bad," Dorman said.