Montrose, COLO.--Montrose County’s favorite four-legged crime fighter and his handler added more hardware to their collection on June 21st--Deputy K-9 Oxx and his handler, Sergeant Keith Sanders, won the Colorado Police Canine Association (CPCA) 2016 Narcotics Case of the Year Award at the annual CPCA banquet in Denver. This win marks the duo’s second CPCA Case of the Year honor--the prior award was the 2013 Patrol Case of the Year.
K-9 Oxx and Sergeant Sanders received the award for their efforts in a case that occurred April 4, 2016. The team responded to Community Corrections for an illegal narcotics/controlled substance sniff request. As a passive alert dog, when Oxx detects an illegal narcotic/controlled substance, he typically sits and stares at the source. True to form, he alerted to the end of a cleaning mop by biting at it, and then he sat and stared at the mop. Sergeant Sanders then felt the area and found a small bag (approximately 200 grams) of a white powdery substance consistent with cocaine. K-9 Oxx also indicated on a cup with a white powdery substance and a bunk bed--the latter revealed a small bag with alleged cocaine as well. The suspected items were turned over to Community Corrections personnel for removal.
"Deputy K-9 Oxx and Sergeant Sanders are an asset to the entire Western Slope," said Sheriff Rick Dunlap. "Not only is K-9 Oxx skilled at his job, but he is a great ambassador for the Sheriff’s Office--he loves meeting new people and socializing. A second CPCA Case of the Year distinction is an honor and testament to their hard work, training, and patrol duties."
"I could not be more proud of Oxx," said Sergeant Sanders. "Oxx continues to perform at a top level and helps seize illegal drugs/controlled substances in our community." Deputy K-9 Oxx was not on hand to receive his award, but celebrated with a day off after a hard night of tracking. Deputy K-9 Oxx is a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois certified in the detection of five illegal narcotics/controlled substances, as well as tracking, building searches, area searches, and suspect apprehension.