Licking police dog involved in two drug busts

Officers with the Licking Police Department gather around the agency’s K-9 unit, Sara. Standing, from left, Nick Foster, Cpl. Pat Burton, Chief Scott Lindsey and Sgt. Mike Hood. Kneeling with Sara is her handler, officer Brian Alligire.​





The Licking Police Department’s K-9 unit, Sara, helped officers in two drug arrests last week.

Just before 3 p.m. Friday, an LPD responded to a report of suspicious activity at an apartment complex on Old Ridge Street. The officer questioned two in two vehicles at the scene, and Sara , the drug-detecting dog, was subsequently called.


She alerted to the possible presence of drugs in one of the vehicles and a search led to the discovery of methamphetamine related drug paraphernalia.



A 24-year-old Licking resident was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and taken to the Texas County Jail.  A report was to be sent to the county prosecuting attorney seeking formal charges.



Sara and LPD officers were busy the next day with a drug investigation at a residence on Dogwood Street, and a search there again revealed controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. A 25-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were both arrested and taken to the county jail.  A report about the incident was to be sent to the county prosecutor.