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A 3-year-old drug-sniffing golden retriever in Florida is back on the job after being exposed to drugs a passenger allegedly attempted to bring aboard a cruise ship.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, deputy Scott Stewart and his K-9 partner, Jake, were screening passengers at Port Canaveral as they boarded the Norwegian Epic on Wednesday. The 4,100-passenger ship — once considered the third-largest in the world — was preparing to disembark for the second leg of an annual electronic dance music festival known as Holy Ship!
Authorities said Leslie Bennett, 33, of Montana, was waiting in line when Jake gave a signal indicating he’d picked up the scent of suspected narcotics. Moments later, police said, Jake started behaving strangely.
The dog “started having some problems with balance and had some type of seizure incident of some sort,” Tod Goodyear, a sheriff’s office spokesman, told Orlando’s WFTV.
WKMG News in Orlando reported that Bennett was taken to a screening area, where police allegedly found a small bag of ecstasy and amphetamines. A subsequent search of Bennett’s luggage allegedly resulted in the discovery of additional drugs.
K9 JAKE’S BACK ON THE BEAT: @BrevardSheriff's K9 Deputy Jake is back on duty at Port Canaveral, playing with his handler, Deputy Scott Stewart, and showing no ill effects from a severe reaction that the 3-year-old golden retriever suffered from finding drugs on a passenger. pic.twitter.com/5cdFHlNlEp— Port Canaveral (@PortCanaveral) January 11, 2019
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