K-9 helps catch suspected drug dealer

Published 12:07 am Saturday, March 24, 2018


NATCHEZ — Barry caught a suspected drug dealer Thursday morning.

When deputies made contact with a Natchez man parked in the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company after midnight Wednesday, they called Barry.

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After circling the vehicle a few times, deputies said Barry indicated narcotics might be inside.

Barry cannot speak for himself because Barry is a trained narcotics canine.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office bought 4-year-old Barry through USK9 in Louisiana, where he was trained, but Barry was originally from Holland.

A dark-haired, big-eared Dutch Shepherd with a penchant for catching criminals, Barry goes out with his handler, K-9 Officer Dustin Smith almost every day.

In the car where Barry signaled he smelled narcotics, deputies said they found more than 20 grams of methamphetamine, scales, pipes, baggies and other paraphernalia.

Deputies arrested Robert Jesse Grey, 42, 389 Levens Addition Rd, on charges of possession of a schedule II drug with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Grey was still in the Adams County Jail on a $500 bond Friday morning.

On Friday, sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a driver on a traffic violation, but the driver, later identified as Garrick Hawkins, instead led police on a short chase before fleeing his vehicle and running down Booker Road.

After asking Hawkins to stop to no avail, deputies told Barry to apprehend the man.

Barry caught Hawkins inflicting him with minor bite marks, and deputies charged the Hawkins with failing to stop during pursuit.

That, Maj. Shane Daugherty said, was Barry’s first bite-apprehension.

Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said the sheriff’s office prefers to apprehend suspects without having to bite, but when someone refuses to comply with demands and flees, the force is necessary.

“The addition of the canine Barry has been a tremendous asset to our department,” Patten said. “We have apprehended suspects and made arrests on drug cases that we would not have been able to make without Barry.

“I cannot be more proud of the job Cpl. Smith and canine Barry are doing,” Patten said.