After over 11 years of service, Montrose County Sergeant Keith Sanders and his K-9 are leaving the Montrose County Sheriff's Office to join the Delta County Sheriff's Office.
According to a press release issued by Montrose County, K-9 Oxx will be adopted by Sgt. Sanders upon his departure. Trainee Roo, who is owned by Sgt. Sanders, will continue her training to take over for K-9 Oxx upon his official retirement as a law enforcement canine.
Delta County Sheriff-elect Mark Taylor has stated that the K-9 unit will be available for calls throughout the Seventh Judicial District in the future as well. "I'm excited to have Sgt. Sanders, along with K-9 Oxx, and Trainee Roo join the team at the Delta County Sheriff's Office," said Taylor. "I look forward to the continued success that Sgt. Sanders and K-9 Oxx had in Montrose County."
The crime-fighting duo has been responsible for the recovering of over 59 pounds of marijuana, 22.2 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 303 grams of cocaine, 54 grams of heroin, and 407 grams of ecstasy. Deputy K-9 Oxx and Sgt. Sanders also recovered 38 weapons, completed 39 successful apprehensions, and recovered over $59,000 from drug busts.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.