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K-9 Rico, a Belgian Malinois began his career with the Louisiana State Police at Troop G in 2009. He officially retired in February of 2018 after 9 successful years of service.
Rico had two handlers during his career, first with Trooper First Class Paul Harris from 2009 to 2011, then with Master Trooper Rodger Cason from 2011 through his retirement. Rico and Cason have completed extensive training including annual certification through the National Police Canine Association and the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association. Rico is always a fan favorite when he attends community events and school functions.
Rico is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine. He played an integral part in the seizure of nearly $4,000,000 dollars in U.S. Currency and illegal narcotics during his career.
Rico will be missed on the job, but we are sure he will be happy during retirement at the home of his buddy and handler.
From Staff Reports