Nero, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, was involved in three separate traffic stops last weekend that led to the arrests of three people for drug possession, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
On Friday night, Nero, handled by Cpl. Dan Martin, was summoned to conduct a "vehicle sniff" of a car that had been pulled over on S.C. 170, according to an incident report. Upon being placed in the car, he "went straight to the center console and began to perform a rapid sniff," eventually pawing at it.
Deputies opened the console to find a purple Crown Royal bag containing several syringes and a glass pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine.
In another stop that same night, Nero located an Oxycodone pill near the passenger seat of a car.
And on Saturday night, Nero alerted deputies to the floorboard of the front passenger seat of a car that had been pulled over, where they found three hypodermic needles and drug residue.
According to Sgt. Robin McIntosh, Nero is a "dual-purpose" dog, trained in narcotics detection and tracking fleeing suspects.
The following reports were obtained Monday from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office:
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Compiled by Grant Martin