Berthold’s New K9 Unit Helps Deter Drug Trafficking

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Highway two through Berthold has seemed to become a major pipeline for drugs.

It’s been enough to keep Police Chief Al Schmidt so busy, that he called in for back up.

“I don’t know if you’d call it a game,” Schmidt said, “but it’s challenging and it’s rewarding when you put in the hard work and the effort and you can find it.”

If it can be considered a game, Schmidt has new teammate.

“He’s working a lot. Since I’ve acquired him, the arrests as far as narcotic related have went up quite a bit also,” Schmidt said.

Hunter’s been on the job for only two months and during that time he’s been a key component to more than a dozen drug busts.

“The way he indicates it is he just sits by where he’s smelling it. He just sits and looks at me and tells me where it’s at. And that, according to the Supreme Court, is enough to do a search of the vehicle and that’s what happened in this case,” Schmidt explained.

It may be hard to believe, but without Hunter’s help, it’s likely that 122 pounds of marijuana could have gone unnoticed last week.

“When you gain an asset and a tool like a drug dog, it really enhances your effect to make a difference in stopping narcotics.”

Hunter spends a lot of time with his new partner, training to sniff out drugs – and make his human partner look good.

“He goes home with me and hangs out with me, him and I watch TV at night. When it’s time to go to work, he knows its time to go to work, and other than that he’s just a regular house dog. We train quite a bit, we train just about every day.”

The amount of drugs that Police Chief Al Schmidt has seen pass through the Berthold area led him to seek out Hunter’s help.

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