Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 25, 1971 · Page 16
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 16

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READY FOR DUTY - King, a marijuana detection dog, gets ready to go on duty. He was so happy to see his handler, David Koch, that he was still trying to kiss him. Camera caught him with tongue out to make a wild swipe at David. DEL Rio NEWS-HERALD SECTION B DEL RIO. TEXAS 78840 SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 1071 v Nosey Canine Curbs / Marijuana Flow The newest inspector working for U. S. Customs at the Del Rio port of entry is King, a two-year-old German Shepard, who is a whiz at sniffing out marijuana hidden in cars. King was somebody's pet in Tennessee and is not vicious. He went through an eight-week course at the U. S. Customs Detection Dog Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He arrived in Del Rio Wednesday evening and worked the port for the first time Thursday. Th.e dog's handler, a 22 year-old veteran who had been stationed at Bitburg Air Force Base, Germany, David Koch, was also his trainer at Lackland. Koch's military service was strictly with sentry and patrol dogs in police work. Of King, David says he is a very good workind dog and "I love him very much." King has been trained to detect marijuana and hashish and thoroughly enjoys his work. In fact, after giving one car a going over, he immediately jumped in another and started sniffing around it. The six occupants standing outside watched with surprise since they had been interested observers to King's previous search. Koch says he can sniff out the weed from foil, inside a tire, through incense and other almost impossible places. But that is what he has been trained for and King is a natural. Not alt dogs are adaptable for this kind of work, but King has the nose for it. He is also tops when working in a Post Office.The only time the big dog ran into a problem was when he searched a car that had just seen a pot party. The smell was everywhere and King just could not find that weed. It was okay because it was only the aftermath - no marijuana present. With the man and dog working together, hiding marujuana in cars will soon go out of style. .*'« 1-f fcWJTj.'a:. I \* ' l • <} !'$#* "*U t -I , ^f —W f /L ^» ' n • fe - -.i«tf# »« i ON THE DOCK - Out on the dock, he and David hold a little conversation while awaiting a call. PHOTO FEATURE BY KATHERINE MORGAN POUND IT- After a wild scramble inside the car trying to get at the marijuana (hehad located it right away) the big dog comes out triumphly, car/ying the package. SNIFF' SNIFF - The scent is getting stronger and King gets more excited. DETECTION DOG'S TOY - Indoctrination of a detection dog is carried on all the time. This toy is composed of paper tissues, canvas, strong tape and a few shreds of, guess what, marijuana, of course. ENJOYING THE TRIUMPH - David prolongs the moment pf fun for King by letting him sniff a couple of times at the weed. PLAY TIME • Whjle relaxing a bit, King and Koch enjoy a bit of dog play.

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