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Portland police K-9 Nikko dies of cancer after 7 years on the force

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A drug detection K-9 with the Portland Police Bureau who was deployed thousands of times and assisted in the seizure of hundreds of pounds of meth, heroin and cocaine has died from cancer.

Nikko, a Belgian malinois who came to Portland in 2008, was 9 years old.

Portland police announced that Nikko died Monday after a bout with an aggressive form of cancer.

Nikko began his career in Kansas, but due to his mild temperament, he was not aggressive enough to work patrol. He was sold to the Portland Police Bureau in 2008 and began working with Officer Scott Groshong on the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Interdiction Team.

Groshong and Nikko earned certifications in Washington, California and Oregon.

They were deployed more than 3,400 times and became a key component in providing probable cause to support the seizure of numerous drugs over the last seven years.

Those seizures, according to Portland police, included:  

  • Cocaine: 215 pounds (street value of $7.3 million)
  • Methamphetamine: 246 pounds. (street value of $5.6 million)
  • Heroin: 86 pounds (street value of $3.2 million)
  • Marijuana: 2,600 pounds (street value of $23.6 million)

Nikko was also named in more than 80 affidavits supporting the seizure of drug-related money, in excess of $4.2 million.

"Nikko was a big part of my personal and professional life," said Officer Scott Groshong in a statement. "He will be missed by all of us."

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