The K-9 unit at the Delta County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), it turns out, has been busy the past few weeks, as K-9 Teg has met some serious accomplishments, including the receiving of an award for the 2021 Narcotics Case of the Year award.

DCSO announced last Monday that K-9 Teg, under the supervision of Sergeant Keith Sanders, has officially been certified in narcotics — cocaine, meth and heroin — as well as patrol K-9 and tracking by the National Police K-9 Association. The duo had also won an exciting award.

According to DCSO Undersheriff Quinn Archibeque, the award is given by the High Desert Police K-9 Association, of which the DCSO K-9 unit is a member. It gives awards for a narcotics case of the year, an apprehension case of the year and a tracking case of the year.

“The agencies, or the K-9 officers, submit their cases and it’s reviewed by that association’s board and they select who’s going to win that,” Archibeque said. “And this year it was Keith and Teg that won that.”

Archibeque recalled that the narcotics case submitted to the High Desert Police K-9 Association by Sanders was an agency assist with the Delta Police Department.

“They obtained a search warrant for a residence and called us for assistance with our K-9,” Archibeque said. “And Sergeant Sanders and Teg went there and assisted with the sniff.”

The search was ultimately fruitful, turning up illegal narcotics within the residence.

“What a week it’s been,” the DCSO K-9 Unit said on Facebook after the certification and award were given. “Certifications in Narcotics, Tracking, & Patrol, Training, & an Impressive Award to top it off.”

Lucas Vader is a staff writer for the Delta County Independent. Follow him on Twitter, @lucasrvader.

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