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USPCA REGION THREE
2007 DETECTOR OF THE YEAR

Montgomery County Department of Police
PO3 John Greene and K9 Carter

On September 13, 2007, at approximately 0030 hours, Montgomery County police officers patrolling the area of East Randolph Road initiated a traffic stop on a light blue Chrysler 300C that was displaying North Carolina tags.  Officers discovered that the vehicle tags belonged on a Ford Econoline.   The two vehicle occupants appeared very nervous to the officer who initiated the traffic stop and additional assistance was requested including that of a K9 unit with CDS capabilities. 

Police Officer III John Greene and his partner K9 Carter arrived moments later.  The two male occupants were removed from the vehicle and a K9 scan was initiated.  During the scan, K9 Carter alerted on the rear seam of the driver’s door.   K9 Carter then alerted on the front portion of the right rear wheel well.  Based upon the positive K9 alert, Officer Greene and other patrol officers on the scene hand-searched the interior of the vehicle.   A plastic bag containing approximately three pounds of marijuana was located on the right rear floorboard in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.   Also recovered were a digital scale and packaging materials indicative of intent to distribute CDS.  In addition to the CDS, the officers located two loaded handguns in the passenger compartment and a loaded Tec-9 assault weapon in the trunk of the vehicle.
Both of the vehicle occupants were arrested and transported to the Silver Spring District Station and detectives from the Montgomery County Police Firearms Task Force and Drug Enforcement Section were notified.  As a result of their investigation, a search warrant was executed at the residence of vehicle driver.  Investigators recovered two additional handguns and additional CDS at the residence.  A total of $6,400 in U.S. currency was seized as a result of the arrests. 

The efforts of Police Officer III John Greene and his K9 partner, Carter, lead to the removal of several deadly weapons and a large quantity of CDS from the streets of Montgomery County.

USPCA REGION THREE
4th QUARTER DETECTOR CASE 2007

PO3 Tom Kelly and K9 Kenny
Montgomery County MD Department of Police

On October 9, 2007 at approximately 9:04 p.m., POIII Kelly and K-9 Kenny responded to assist patrol officers with a traffic stop at Georgia Avenue and Highland Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland.  POIII Kelly was informed that the vehicle had been stopped for traffic violations.  Prior to the traffic stop, officers had observed the passenger run to the vehicle with a black bag and put it in the trunk.  The passenger was denying any knowledge of the bag.

POIII Kelly directed K-9 Kenny to begin an outside scan of the vehicle for narcotics.  When K-9 Kenny got to the driver’s door, he pulled hard to the rear quarter panel area.  K-9 Kenny worked this area to the rear of the trunk and then started to scratch and bite at the trunk.  K-9 Kenny finished the scan of the car and again, once he got to the rear of the trunk, he indicated by scratching and biting at the trunk.

Based on K-9 Kenny’s indications, a search of the trunk was conducted.  The search produced a black gym bag which contained several large zip lock bags of marijuana which totaled over 3 ½ pounds.  A scale was also located in the gym bag. 

As a result, both the driver and passenger were arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS.  A subsequent search warrant of the passenger’s residence produced another 6-7 pounds of marijuana, a quantity of cocaine, more than $13,000 in U.S. currency, scales, and various drug paraphernalia.

The skills utilized by POIII Kelly and K-9 Kenny and their thorough search of the vehicle led to these charges and the recovery of narcotics and proceeds of the sale.


USPCA REGION THREE
3rd QUARTER DETECTOR CASE 2007

PO3 John Greene and K9 Carter
Montgomery County MD Department of Police

On September 13, 2007, at approximately 0030 hours, Montgomery County police officers patrolling the area of East Randolph Road initiated a traffic stop on a light blue Chrysler 300C that was displaying North Carolina tags. Officers discovered that the vehicle tags belonged on a Ford Econoline. The two vehicle occupants appeared very nervous to the officer who initiated the traffic stop and additional assistance was requested including that of a K9 unit with CDS capabilities.

Police Officer III John Greene and his partner K9 Carter arrived moments later. The two male occupants were removed from the vehicle and a K9 scan was initiated. During the scan, K9 Carter alerted on the rear seam of the driver’s door. K9 Carter then alerted on the front portion of the right rear wheel well. Based upon the positive K9 alert, Officer Greene and other patrol officers on the scene hand-searched the interior of the vehicle. A plastic bag containing approximately three pounds of marijuana was located on the right rear floorboard in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Also recovered were a digital scale and packaging materials indicative of intent to distribute CDS. In addition to the CDS, the officers located two loaded handguns in the passenger compartment and a loaded Tec-9 assault weapon in the trunk of the vehicle.

Both of the vehicle occupants were arrested and transported to the Silver Spring District Station and detectives from the Montgomery County Police Firearms Task Force and Drug Enforcement Section were notified. As a result of their investigation, a search warrant was executed at the residence of vehicle driver. Investigators recovered two additional handguns and additional CDS at the residence. A total of $6,400 in U.S. currency was seized as a result of the arrests.

The efforts of Police Officer III John Greene and his K9 partner, Carter, lead to the removal of several deadly weapons and a large quantity of CDS from the streets of Montgomery County.

USPCA REGION THREE
1st QUARTER DETECTOR CASE 2007

DFC Joshua McFarland and K9 Brit
Frederick County MD Sheriff's Office

On January 27, 2007 at 11:46 PM, Deputy First class Joshua McFarland and K9 Brit of the Frederick County, MD Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to assist another Deputy during a traffic stop. On arrival, the other Deputy told DFC that he had stopped a car for traffic violations. The occupants were acting nervous and the driver had no identification. The Deputy asked McFarland to use K9 Brit to conduct a scan for the odor of narcotics in the car.

DFC McFarland had the occupants close all the windows and stay in the car. DFC McFarland got K9 Brit and went to the front right headlight. While nearing the car, K9 Brit began working odor near the trunk area. Brit framed the odor and attempted to scratch near the passenger side tail light. DFC McFarland recognized Brit’s behavior to be an alert for the odor of narcotics in the car. He the returned Brit back to his cruiser.

The Deputies searched the car incident to the alert. They found 547 grams of marijuana and 51 grams of crack cocaine. Both occupants of the car were arrested.


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