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Narcotics Related Arrest

HAMMOND, LA - April 10, 2019 - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Daniel Edwards is proud to announce the newest member of the Criminal Investigation Division, TPSO K-9 Slash. Slash is a one -year- old Fox Red Labrador Retriever who is trained in narcotics detection.

Slash was purchased using funds that were previously seized and awarded to the the sheriff's office through the illegal distribution of narcotics throughout Tangipahoa Parish. K-9 Slash is currently assigned to the narcotics division to assist in narcotics related investigations. “The funds seized from local drug dealers and awarded to us are actually being used to buy assets and equipment that make our job easier,” said Sheriff Edwards.

TPSO K-9 Slash made his debut yesterday, April 9, 2019, when he thwarted the possible introduction of illegal narcotics into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Slash was tasked with conducting free air sweeps on vehicles as they entered the jail property for inmate visitation. While conducted the sweeps, Slash alerted on a vehicle for the presence of a narcotics odor emitting from the vehicle. Occupying the vehicle at the time were 50 year-old Martha REED of Mt. Hermon, LA., 30 year-old Canekia ROBERTSON, and one infant child. Agents subsequently searched the vehicle and discovered a quantity of suspected marijuana. Agents believe the females were going to attempt to smuggle the suspected contraband into the jail.

REED and ROBERTSON were both placed into custody for possession of CDS I, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, and child desertion. ROBERTSON was charged with an outstanding warrant. The infant child was released to a family member by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Great first day on the job, Slash!