News

MVPD dog sniffs out big bag of meth

K-9 officer Zeus helps county special forces team locate drugs in hidden compartment

A Mountain View Police Department K-9 officer helped county law enforcement uncover two pounds of methamphetamine and $20,000 in suspected drug money in a San Jose home early Wednesday morning.

The dog, a 3-year-old black Labrador named Zeus, was with the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team at around 3 a.m. on Aug. 21 when he used his highly tuned nose to lead officers to the two pounds of meth hidden in a secret compartment inside a vehicle parked at the residence, according to Shino Tanaka, public safety and social media coordinator with the MVPD. He then helped the officers find a bag of cash, which was next to a loaded handgun.

No one was hurt in the raid, Tanaka said.

Zeus and his handler routinely go out on operations with the SCCSET. Earlier this year he helped the special county enforcement team uncover 250 pounds of marijuana, which was on its way out of state. The street value of that bust was $500,000, according to Tanaka,

Zeus has been with the department for 1 1/2 years now, Tanaka said, and is a valued member of the MVPD and the county task force.

Comments

Posted by Sheri, a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Whether they serve in the police force, help the handicapped, or just make the ordinary citizen's life a happier one, dogs are valuable memebers of our community.


Posted by Bobo, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Dogs are awesome. Can I borrow this particular dog to help me sniff out some cash?


Posted by Heisendog, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I AM THE WHO WHO BARKS!


Posted by Waste of money, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I'm so happy Zeus busted some Med. MJ, this way Criminals that need it for their pain relief can still go on with the pain. I'm so happy.

When you look at the numbers regarding prison overcrowding, courtroom backlogs and government money spent - all to chase and punish marijuana users - it's a joke to any rational person. Like we have nothing better to do with our tax dollars and law enforcement/judicial resources.


Posted by Getfactsright, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

METH NOT MJ! Read before you jump in. We need to get the loonies that do Meth. Medical MJ is a totally different story.


Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Meth is nasty stuff. I'm glad they got this stash off the street, as well as a handgun wielded by a drug dealer.


Posted by Oscar , a resident of Castro City
on Aug 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Good doggy! To the pot head...250 pounds is not medical marijuana man. Going out of state also doesn't sound legit. It's all a scam anyway. I can't stop laughing "med mj." and the news is about meth. Stop smoking and commenting lol. Go Zeus go!


Posted by Ed, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Nice! And 250 lbs is more like 700k.... Not that I buy it :O


Posted by top-cop, a resident of Castro City
on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:12 am

Did they have a warrant for searching the vehicle or residence?


Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 25, 2013 at 7:44 am

2 pounds of meth isn't even a drop in the ocean of meth in this country.

To those who think the "war" on drugs actually keeps drugs out of the hands of drug users you are only kidding yourselves.

When people in PRISON can get high you should realize it's a lost cause.

We tried to ban alcohol from 1920 to 1933 and it was a massive failure. It only helped the mafia. For some reason we expect a different result with drugs though. I think that's the definition of insanity.


Posted by Wow, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:50 am

So we quit trying?! Want meth cafe's?! Even if we just slow it down a tad it's worth it. And without arrests these guys don't even get forced to rehab. Hence proposition 36. Good job popo's!! Super Zeus!


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Scottís Seafood Mountain View to close, reopen as new concept
By Elena Kadvany | 12 comments | 3,765 views

Who Says Kids Donít Eat Vegetables?
By Laura Stec | 9 comments | 1,918 views

Breastfeeding Tips
By Jessica T | 11 comments | 1,724 views

Richard Linklater's Masterpiece "Boyhood"
By Anita Felicelli | 5 comments | 1,296 views

My Experience Using Tugg.com To Host A Movie At Shoreline
By Angela Hey | 0 comments | 34 views