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New drug sniffing K-9 helps find illegal narcotics in recent search warrant


Drug sniffing K-9 foils narcotic smuggling in LA County jails

On October 23, 2018, detectives assigned to the Custody Investigative Services Jail Task Force (CIS-JTF) and Operation Safe Jails (OSJ) were assigned to investigate a conspiracy to transport illegal narcotics into the Los Angeles County Jail system. After an extensive investigation, detectives from CIS-JTF, along with their new K-9 partner, “Sherlock,” served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in the Los Angeles area.  The search of location resulted in (2) felony arrest and the recovery of approximately 120 grams of heroin (Opioids) and methamphetamine.   The approximate jail value of the recovered narcotics was over $40,000. The heroin and methamphetamine was packaged and ready for delivery into our custody facilities.

The Custody Investigative Services Unit is responsible for custody investigations ranging from assaults, gang crimes and regularly collaborates with other LASD investigative units.  In keeping with one of the tenants of our departmental mission to maintain a constitutionally sound and rehabilitative approach to incarceration, safety of our inmates and jail facilities is a top priority. We want the public to know personnel assigned to our custody facilities work diligently to keep our jails safe for employees and incarcerated personnel.