ATC introduces new synthetic marijuana detecting dog

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Posted: Oct 23, 2012 5:04 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 5:04 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Synthetic Marijuana, K-9, dog, Alcohol and Tobacco Control, ATC, drugs, police, name

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Alcohol Tobacco and Prevention agency has a new member to help sniff out illegal synthetic marijuana.

ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert says their new canine will be a great asset when it comes to detecting synthetic marijuana.

"It's a very, very dangerous substance," said Hebert. "We think this new addition's going to help us with some of that."

The substance was made illegal in the past year and has become a growing problem in the community.

The two-year-old German Shepard will complete his K9 training in the next couple weeks, and the agency is asking local students to help name him. They prefer one-syllable names like "Duke" or "Hunter," and said the winner will be recognized as an ATC Junior Agent.

To be considered name suggestions may be emailed to or at the ATC website by Friday, Oct. 26.

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