COLUMBUS — The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has a new K-9 team of deputy Chris Wren and his 1-year-old Belgian Malinois Keo. Keo will turn 2 in April.
Keo is a dual-purpose K-9 trained to detect illegal narcotics, such as heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine, in addition to learning fugitive apprehension skills.
The two were involved in the investigation of a traffic stop this week that resulted in a seizure of drugs.
Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, a Cherokee County narcotic investigator conducted a traffic stop on a 2009 Hyundai Sonata driven by Jeannie Marie Kress, 35, of Columbus.
Keo alerted on the vehicle and more than 3.5 pounds of marijuana were located inside along with a loaded .40 caliber handgun.
“It’s exciting to see Keo and Deputy Wren already proving to be an effective team in locating and removing illegal drugs from our community,” said Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.
“The traffic stop last night, which resulted in the seizure of over $12,000 worth of marijuana, was conducted as part of an investigation our detectives began several months ago, involving area residents traveling out of state and trafficking narcotics back to Cherokee County to sale,” Groves said.
Kress was arrested on allegations of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a weapon. She is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on a $31,000 bond.