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USPCA REGION THREE
2005 DETECTOR CASE OF THE YEAR

DFC JEREMY MOTHERSHED AND K9 NIKO
HARFORD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

On Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 1:18 AM, Deputy First Class Jeremy Mothershed and K9 Niko were asked to assist a Maryland State Trooper with a narcotic scan of a car on a traffic stop that the Trooper had conducted on southbound Interstate 95.

Upon DFC Mothershed's arrival, the operator was asked to exit the car and was moved to a safe location along the shoulder of the road. DFC Mothershed gave K9 Niko his search command and started his search beginning at the driver's side headlight assembly and continued down the driver's side of the car, across the trunk, and up the passenger side. DFC Mothershed worked K9 Niko around the car in two directions to ensure a complete scan due to the gusting winds of passing trucks. During the search, K9 Niko alerted on the driver's door handle during passes from both the front and rear of the car. K9 Niko also alerted on the trunk lid in the area of the license plate during both passes.

K9 Niko was returned to his cruiser and DFC Mothershed returned to watch the driver while two State Troopers searched the car. During the search, they found a blue plastic bag on the right hand side of the trunk which contained multiple packs of money wrappers which were wrapped in clear plastic. These wrappers would have been used for many thousands of dollars worth of cash.

The Troopers searched the inside of the car. Upon taking apart the upper assembly of the center console, they found two plastic zip-lock storage bags containing a tan substance believed to be heroin. Also found with the heroin were two handguns - a semi-automatic and a revolver. Both were loaded and had been recently fired. All the items were found in the center console under the casing in the area of the gear shift. The driver was arrested. The powder was field tested positive for heroin and the total weight was 605.5 grams of heroin with a potential street value of one million dollars.


USPCA REGION THREE
4th QUARTER DETECTOR CASE 2005

MPO Barry Byers and K9 Rex
of the Greenbelt City Police Department

On 11/7/05 at 0057 hrs the Prince George's County Police Department contacted the Greenbelt City Police Department, and requested a canine respond to W/B Central Avenue at Rt. 193 for a drug scan of a vehicle. MPO Barry Byers and canine Rex responded.MPO Byers met with the County Police. The Officer had stopped a black Buick for a traffic violation. Prior to MPO Byers and canine Rex responding to the scene, the County Officer had searched the vehicle and recovered a small amount of suspected marijuana near the center console of the interior of the vehicle. As the result of a search of the trunk, a large baggie containing approximately 45 grams of suspected marijuana was found inside a boot. The County Officer completed his search of the vehicle, and then requested a canine respond for a drug scan.

MPO Byers and canine Rex responded to the scene and conducted an exterior scan of the vehicle. Canine Rex alerted on the drivers side door seam, and then indicated by scratching at the door seam. Canine Rex also alerted on the trunk seam, and then indicated by scratching. As a result of a scan of the interior of the vehicle, canine Rex alerted, and indicated by scratching, on the center console on the passenger side. A more detailed search of the center console revealed a large wad of cash, which was hidden under the console.

While conducting a scan of the interior of the vehicle's trunk, canine Rex alerted, and indicated by biting, on a boot. Upon conducting a more detailed search of the boot which Rex alerted on, another large baggie containing approximately 118 grams of suspected marijuana was located. This was not the same boot that the County Officer had recovered suspected marijuana from during his search of the vehicle.
Had MPO Byers and canine Rex not conducted a scan of the vehicle, a large amount of U.S. currency, and approx. 118 grams of suspected marijuana would not have been recovered. Please accept this nomination of MPO Byers and K9 Rex for the Region Three Case of the Quarter.

 

USPCA REGION THREE
3rd QUARTER DETECTOR CASE 2005

Cpl Raymond Redden and K9 Winter
Prince Georges County Police

On July 27, 2005, Corporal Raymond Redden and his K9 Winter of the Prince George's County, MD Police were requested by Department Narcotic Officers to conduct a residential narcotic search of a single family home. The residence was three levels, approximately 3800 square feet and there was a large family dog that also occupied the home.

The narcotic scan began upstairs in the master bedroom, which included a sitting room, large walk-in closet and master bath. During the scan of the walk-in closet, K9 Winter began a behavior change, by breaking her search pattern and pulling back towards the entrance door of the closet. K9 Winter shut down her breathing and began to work a scent cone along a large stack of shoe boxes on the floor of the closet. "Winter" continued to work the scent cone and began to climb up on the shoe boxes in an attempt to get as high as she could. "Winter" then began to indicate on the stack of boxes directly below an attic hatch by scratching and biting. The Narcotic Officers were advised of the indication and the scan continued.

During the scan of the basement level of the home, it was clear that this was the family dog's living area, however, the dog was locked in the basement bathroom during this time. While scanning one of the basement bedrooms, "Winter" began to air scent high, and jumped onto the bed. "Winter" continued to air scent high, attempting to take the scent cone to source, which lasted for the entire scan of the bedroom. Again, Narcotic officers were notified of the behavior change of "Winter."

There were no more changes of behavior, alerts or indications given by "Winter" during the narcotic scan of the rest of the residence. A hand search of the walk-in closet recovered a duffel bag in the attic next to the hatch. This was directly above the shoe boxes that "Winter" climbed and indicated on. The duffel bag contained several various sized plastic bags containing 1036.5 grams of Crack Cocaine and 2383 grams of Cocaine HCL powder. The hand search of the downstairs bedroom where "Winter" was air scenting, revealed a shoe box in the closet that contained 2061.8 grams of Cocaine HCL powder.


USPCA REGION THREE
1st QUARTER DETECTOR CASE 2005

Deputy First Class Jeremy Mothershed and K9 Niko
Woodbridge, VA Department of Police

On Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 1:18 AM, Deputy First Class Jeremy Mothershed and K9 Niko were asked to assist a Maryland State Trooper with a narcotic scan of a car on a traffic stop that the Trooper had conducted on southbound Interstate 95. Upon DFC Mothershed's arrival, the operator was asked to exit the car and was moved to a safe location along the shoulder of the road. DFC Mothershed gave K9 Niko his search command and started his search beginning at the driver's side headlight assembly and continued down the driver's side of the car, across the trunk, and up the passenger side. DFC Mothershed worked K9 Niko around the car in two directions to ensure a complete scan due to the gusting winds of passing trucks. During the search, K9 Niko alerted on the driver's door handle during passes from both the front and rear of the car. K9 Niko also alerted on the trunk lid in the area of the license plate during both passes. K9 Niko was returned to his cruiser and DFC Mothershed returned to watch the driver while two State Troopers searched the car. During the search, they found a blue plastic bag on the right hand side of the trunk which contained multiple packs of money wrappers which were wrapped in clear plastic. These wrappers would have been used for many thousands of dollars worth of cash. The Troopers searched the inside of the car. Upon taking apart the upper assembly of the center console, they found two plastic zip-lock storage bags containing a tan substance believed to be heroin. Also found with the heroin were two handguns - a semi-automatic and a revolver. Both were loaded and had been recently fired. All the items were found in the center console under the casing in the area of the gear shift. The driver was arrested. The powder was field tested positive for heroin and the total weight was 605.5 grams of heroin with a potential street value of one million dollars.


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