I am respectfully requesting that Detective Reighard #2152 and his canine partner “Shadow”, Prince George’s County Police/Interdiction Unit, be nominated for a Second Quarter Detector Award. Detective Reighard and “Shadow” have been members of Region #3 for three years and are currently in good standing.
On April 16, 2010 Detective Reighard along with canine partner “Shadow” were called to assist members of the Prince George’s County Police Department, Major Narcotic Section, with a scan of an apartment unit. Detective Reighard was advised by detectives that they had executed a narcotic search and seizure warrant and after a systematic search of the apartment unit, they were unable to locate any controlled dangerous substances. Detective Reighard was advised by detectives that the target of their investigation was a midlevel drug trafficker, and was known to have large amount of controlled dangerous substances in the apartment unit.
Detective Reighard #2152 and “Shadow” began the scan at the front door of the apartment. Detective Reighard #2152 gave the command to “find dope” and allowed “Shadow” to conduct an off-lead search of the apartment. “Shadow” entered the living room area of the apartment and began to scan a large “L” shaped couch. During the scan of the couch, “Shadow” began to shut down and inhale deeply around the area of the couch that reclines. “Shadow” worked the scent cone back and forth, an even attempted to try to climb under the couch at one point. “Shadow” then placed his nose on a seam of the couch that reclines and began to indicate, by scratching.
Detective Reighard #2152 and “Shadow” completed the drug scan of the apartment with no other indications given by “Shadow”. Detectives on the scene were advised of “Shadow’s” indication. The couch was examined closer by detectives and that’s when an elaborate hidden compartment was found in the leg rest part of the recliner. Located in this hidden compartment was 112 grams of Crack Cocaine, 160.40 grams of Marijuana, and a digital scale.
Based on the drug scan done by Detective Reighard #2152 and his canine partner “Shadow”, detectives were able to remove a known drug trafficker from the community.