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K-9 Splinter takes a bite out of crime

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Colorado man is sitting in the Rankin County Jail facing drug charges after a savvy canine from Holland busted him.

The  Belgian Malinois is new to the police force. His human partner says he's highly trained, has an amazing sense of smell and is bi-lingual. Splinter understands Dutch and English commands.

"The way that they perform their duties, they can do things we cannot do," says Pearl Narcotics Investigator and law enforcement veteran Chris Picou. "They can smell things that we don't even know are there." 

 Splinter, a 3-year-old male, was recently purchased through the Rankin County District Attorney's Office and Pearl PD.

"Splinter is a title dog, so he has already received some certifications from Holland for police work," says Picou. "We just had to teach him how to do the narcotics detection which he does pretty well." 

On Saturday, Picou pulled over a truck on I-20 eastbound for a traffic violation. 

Splinter quickly alerted on the vehicle and the drug bust was a big one. Splinter found a million dollars worth of drugs.

That was pretty significant, absolutely," says Picou, smiling. "He has been on the job about three weeks."

Lawmen say when drug pushers think they can get around these highly trained animals, they are barking up the wrong tree.

"They are very vital in all our war on crimes," says Picou.

Splinter's first drug bust netted 47 pounds of methamphetamine and  53 pounds of marijuana. When Splinter sat down next to the truck that had been pulled over, that was a sign to his human partner that drugs were hidden in the vehicle.  

Pearl police say Splinter is worth his weight in gold. 

His reward, a toy, an orange pipe. Investigators tell me that the million dollars worth of narcotics and pot was headed to Atlanta.

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