Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda has reported to the City Council that he’s pleased with the results of the first year’s operation of their K-9 dog program. Chief Miranda said Newport’s drug dog has been a busy contributor to law enforcement in and around Newport since the program went full time in March of last year.
Chief Miranda reported that the dog (K-9 Eyan) was deployed over 100 times during the year as it searched vehicles and residences. As a result, 63 criminal suspects were arrested and over $24,000 in cash was seized. Drugs detected by K-9 Eyan included marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin. Calls for service from K-9 Eyan came from not only Newport Police officers but those of the Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT).
In addition to “on the street” drug enforcement, K-9 Eyan and his handler performed twenty-four drug sweeps in Lincoln County public schools, including all the high schools. During initial sweeps, a minor amount of drugs were discovered. As of last September, further sweeps have produced no “drug hits” by K-9 Eyan.Share on Facebook