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Drug Bust Leads To National Award For Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff K9

Isaiah Seibert

A dog in the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit won an award for his actions during a call last year. 

Archie and handler Deputy Griffin Bush were awarded Catch of the Quarter from the United States Police Canine Association.

The award stems from a drug bust last November.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says Archie and Bush were waiting to catch a suspect who was hiding in an attic.

"While they were in the wait mode," Wedding says, "the dog alerted without being prompted to a large bucket in another room that had over three and a half pounds of marijuana inside it."

Wedding, a former canine handler himself, says that dogs can often smell things a person never would. "And in this particular case, it was proven," he adds.

This isn’t the first time a sheriff’s office canine has won the award, but Wedding says it’s not often.