The McDonough County Sheriff's Office is ramping up its fight against drugs tonight.
They've added a new member to their team, one that specializes in tracking down narcotics.
Kenzo, a 2 year old Belgian Melinois is trained to sniff out anything from cocaine to a lost child, and his handler Deputy Cremer says he's a welcome addition to the McDonough County Sheriff's office.
"I couldn't ask for anything better, I mean it's definitely something I wanted to do and it's an amazing tool for us to have in our tool box," said Deputy Cremer.
Kenzo is Deputy Adam Cremer's first K9, but the fourth police dog for McDonough County Sheriff's Department.
Kenzo was purchased in August, with money that was seized from McDonough County drug busts.
Deputy Cremer and Kenzo attended a six-week course at the Illinois State Police K9 Academy.
Adding Kenzo to the team was yet another move the McDonough county sheriff's office has made to try and crack down on the meth problem that currently plagues the tri-states.
"Kenzo is trained in narcotics, that being heroine, meth, cannabis, cocaine, and crack cocaine, he is also trained in tracking he can track the human odor," said Deputy.
And that was something I got to see today, as Deputy Cremer had Kenzo track down one of his fellow officers.
Whether he is chasing down a suspect in an alley, or inspecting an out of place piece of grass in the park, Kenzo, is a welcome addition to the McDonough County Sheriff's Department.
"Now we can offer that back and hopefully go out there and see what we can find," said Deputy Cremer.
Deputy Cremer says Kenzo's training isn't done yet, they train once a week to keep his skills sharp.
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