Top Cop: Prince George's County K-9 sniffs out guns, drugs

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Prince George's County police K-9 Max has been busy.

In the past couple of weeks, the 6-year-old dog has helped officers recover more than $11,000 worth of drugs, $2,000 in suspected drug money and several guns, said his partner, Cpl. Jeffery Walden.

"I'm very proud of him," Walden said. "This is what he's out there for, to get the drugs and guns off the street."

One notable gun and drug bust came on Jan. 19. On that night, Walden and Max went to the scene of a traffic stop in Oxon Hill after officers smelled marijuana.

Max walked around the stopped vehicle, an Audi A8, and put his paws on the driver's-side door. After entering the car, Max lay down with his nose to the glove compartment, which Walden said was his "final indication" to the presence of contraband.

When officers opened the glove box, they found 10 plastic bags containing trace amounts of marijuana, as well as two guns. One of the weapons had a high-capacity magazine, Walden said.

A reporter asked Walden what Max would say if he was being interviewed for this story.

Walden's response: "He would say that he loves the job and it's fun for him."

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