Mountain View Voice

News - August 30, 2013

Police dog sniffs out meth stash

by Nick Veronin

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.

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