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Crown Point K9 Buddy was involved sniffing out 1200 pounds narcotics during drug bust March 2012. Cpl. Jeff Eldridge his

Crown Point K9 Buddy was involved in sniffing out 1200 pounds of narcotics during a drug bust in March of 2012. Cpl. Jeff Eldridge and his K-9 partner Buddy were recently selected by the national police dog organization, the American Police Canine Associa

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CROWN POINT — Police Chief Pete Land was very excited to announce that Cpl. Jeff Eldridge and his K-9 partner Buddy were recently selected by the national police dog organization, the American Police Canine Association, to be singled out for their work in 2012.

They received the 2012 Narcotic Detection Team of the Year for a small department of fewer than 50 officers. They were chosen for the “Presidents Award” among all of the similar-sized departments across the country.

APCA president Michael Johnson presented the award to Eldridge at the organization’s annual banquet in Nashville, Ind.

Eldridge and Buddy received the award for their role in a federal drug task force investigation. In March of 2012, over 1,200 pounds of packaged marijuana were found hidden in the floor of a semi trailer.

After Buddy alerted officers to the possible presence of drugs under the trailer’s floor, the flooring was removed and six welded aluminum compartments holding the packaged drugs were located, according to Land.

Another time, the federal drug task force assisted in the search of a home located in the unincorporated area around Crown Point. While searching the garage area, Buddy detected the presence of drugs in two different areas of the building.

According to Land, federal agents then searched those specific locations, and found marijuana bundles.

One location was an old refrigerator hidden behind various larger size items. They found a total of 76 packaged marijuana bundles, weighting approximately 800 pounds. All of the drugs were found right where Buddy told them to look.

The estimate street value of the drugs located in both locations is $3 million.

Buddy is one of two K-9s on the Crown Point Police Department. Officer Stanko Gligic and his K-9 partner Radar serve as the other K-9 team. Both of these officers and their K-9 partners will be attending the APCA Sniff Off on March 2 in Brown County.

Land said, “The police department is presently in the stages of evaluating the addition of a third dog, which would allow a K-9 to be assigned to each of the three patrol shifts.”

The 2013 APCA National Conference will take place in Hobart from Sept. 23-27.



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