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W. Va. community asked to help pay for drug dog for department

April 22, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober is preparing to ask for the community's help in purchasing a drug dog for the department.

Boober said he needs to raise about $10,000, which will pay for the dog and other expenses, such as making modifications to a cruiser to transport the canine.

Boober said the sheriff's department needs the dog because it can save the sheriff's department considerable time in locating narcotics.

Drugs can be hidden in obscure places such as freezers or the walls of a home, Boober said Monday.

Boober was prepared to obtain a drug dog from Hagerstown resident Russell L. Ebersole, but backed out of that deal after the local dog trainer was charged with 26 counts of fraud and other charges.

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The sheriff's department now is considering a number of vendors who can supply a dog, Boober said.

Boober has drafted a letter he plans to send to local businesses and organizations that may support the dog.

Boober said the dog can be used in a number of ways, such as responding to requests to have drug sweeps. Boober said police often get requests from schools and businesses to have a drug dog search their properties to check for possible narcotics.

In addition to being able to search for drugs, the dog will be able to do searches and track people, Boober said.

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