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PCSO K-9 Unit goes airborne

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit trained with the Arizona National Guard Joint Count Narco-Terrorism Task Force to help with drug detection training on the airbase around aircrafts, according to a news release.

Authorities said the K-9s and their handlers practiced loading, unloading and flying in helicopters in the Dec. 11 "Airborne Operation Training."

"Our K-9 Unit consists of five handlers with their dogs working patrol and two handlers with their dogs working our jail," PCSO Sheriff Paul Babeu stated in the release. "Every day, our K-9s are working with their handlers to find drugs and bad guys. Training is essential to keep the dogs and their handlers prepared for all types of situations."

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said in the past year, the K-9 unit has assisted officers with 1,248 patrol assists; 6,656 traffic stops; 192 misdemeanor arrests; 304 felony arrests; and helped seize 7,479 pounds of marijuana, 20 pounds of cocaine, 37 pounds of methamphetamines and 49 pounds of heroin.

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