First K-9 pit bull in Kansas takes a bite out of crime

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Courtesy The Hutchinson News Courtesy The Hutchinson News
Courtesy The Hutchinson News Courtesy The Hutchinson News
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Stafford Police Department's K-9 Kano is the first certified K-9 pit bull in Kansas. In his first drug bust on Monday, he assisted authorities by sniffing out $7,500 worth of marijuana in Great Bend. 

The 55-pound, 1-year-old pup, named after a Mortal Kombat character, came to the department from Universal K-9, a nonprofit that trains dogs in San Antonio. 

Universal K-9's operations director told the Hutchinson News that Kano is not a biter and that pit bulls are not good at "taking people down."

"But I will tell you what they are damn good at: (drug) detection," Brad Croft told the News.

Kano is certified to detect marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy. His handler, Mason Paden, also hopes to have the K-9 trained in tracking.

Monday's marijuana bust resulted in one arrest and the Barton County Sheriff's Office said more arrests are expected. The pot was being shipped through the United States Postal Service.

Stafford Police Chief Doug Brown said that with the town's increased drug activity, he knows Kano will be an asset.

Read more on Kano's story here

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