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Hours after being commissioned, drug K-9 brings in record-breaking bust

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Piper and her handler, pictured right.  Courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Piper and her handler, pictured right. Courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Piper becoming commissioned, courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Piper becoming commissioned, courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
The drugs seized in this bust, courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. The drugs seized in this bust, courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
The cash recovered in the bust, courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. The cash recovered in the bust, courtesy of the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

It’s one of the largest drug seizures in the history of the Clark Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force, and it happened with the help of the agency’s first dedicated narcotics K-9 in nearly 15 years, who had only been on the job a matter of hours.

K-9 Piper was officially commissioned Wednesday – the same day detectives got information that two suspects would be driving to the Seattle area to make a narcotics buy.  Under surveillance, the men made a drug transaction with a third man and all three traveled back to the Vancouver area in two cars.

During a traffic stop on I-5 in Clark County, the men were contacted and two pounds of heroin were recovered.  A search warrant executed at the Evergreen Park Apartments in east Vancouver led to the recovery of much more: 14.5 pounds of meth, 6.5 additional pounds of heroin, 3.8 pounds of cocaine, $181,000 in cash and a stolen AR-15.

Detectives in Portland recovered another $37,000 in cash from a safe belonging to one of the suspects.

“We set the bar high out front,” Piper’s handler told Fox 12.  “But that’s our goal though, is for her to be as successful as possible.”

Piper’s handler works as an uncover drug detective and said this was the biggest bust he’d ever seen in his time in the field.

“That’s a rare thing, that’s not what we’re always going to get,” he said of the seizure of pound of drugs at a time.  “But our goal is to always get as high up on that food chain as we can because that creates that trickle-down effect.”

The agency hasn’t had a dedicated narcotics K-9 since 2001, for a number of reasons, and Piper’s handler recalled times having to wait an hour or longer for a K-9 with another agency to come in and help.

Now, he’s proud to have his own.

“I’m hoping to just prove our worth every day,” he said.

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