County drug dogs work hard to take bite out of crime in Jackson County
By Melissa Lore / Independent Reporter
Three drug dogs currently serve Jackson County under three separate departments. These dogs work very hard for their handlers and enjoy doing their job. They recently conducted a search at Newport High School as part of their training.Newport School District Resource Officer Pat McGee is responsible for the training that the dogs receive. He and his dog Gwendolyn (Gwennie), a Belgian Malinois, ensure the safety of the school system and occasionally sweep through the halls checking lockers for drugs or paraphernalia.
To prepare the training, McGee placed several baggies containing varieties of drugs, including Afghani marijuana, black tar heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and ecstacy throughout the halls and classrooms of the Tech Science building and in school vehicles.