FORT BEND COUNTY—Some folks might say K-9 “Mike” is worth his weight in gold. But that evaluation falls way short, according to those who work with him.
Since Mike has been a member of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force, he has helped bring in millions of dollars in seized cash and drugs, mostly along the U.S. 59 corridor.
Mike, a Belgian Malinois, showed off his skills two weeks ago when he and his handler, Detective M. Hricko, attended the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association conference held in Laredo, Texas.
The NNDDA Nationals played host to 96 K-9 handlers representing agencies throughout the nation. Mike and Detective Hricko participated in the competition at the event with Mike taking third place.
“K-9 Mike has been a valuable member of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force since July 2008,” said Lt. Josh Dale of the Task Force. “Detective Hricko has been Mike’s handler since November 2011 and has done a great job maintaining K-9 Mike’s high level of detection.”
Dale said all the agencies represented in the Task Force “are proud of this great K-9 team assigned to the Task Force.”
K-9 Mike’s most recent endeavor was helping find $230,000 in cash linked to illicit drug activity when a tractor-trailer rig was stopped on U.S. 59 in Rosenberg on March 19.