Highway Patrol retires top drug detection dog

WYOMING – After a long and illustrious career chasing down crooks, this lucky dog will begin of life of luxury running after tennis balls and napping in the sun.

Wyoming Highway Patrol’s K-9 Hunter retired from service last month. Hunter was purchased in 2010 for narcotics detection work and paired initially with Sergeant Jeremy Beck, who is now assigned to the Safety and Training Section at Headquarters in Cheyenne as the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Public Information Officer.

K-9 Hunter gonna kick back now and be a regular civilian doggo after a full career on the force. Courtesy WHP

At the time of K-9 Hunter’s retirement, he was the longest-serving K-9 on the Highway Patrol’s K-9 Team. Most recently, Hunter and his handler, Trooper Scott Neilson, were assigned to Division ‘D’ in Lyman. K-9 Hunter served the State of Wyoming for a total of nine years.

During his career, Hunter was deployed 418 times resulting in several cases where illegal narcotics were seized. K-9 Hunter was directly involved in the seizure of over 1,069 pounds of marijuana, 136.1 grams of cocaine, 4.7 pounds of methamphetamine, 35.1 grams of heroin, and 1.3 pounds of other illegal narcotics. K-9 Hunter was also instrumental in the seizure of illicit funds generated from the trafficking of narcotics of over $382,667 of US currency.

K-9 Hunter has had an exceptional career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and most definitely earned his retirement. The agency and K-9 team will miss Hunter, but he is currently enjoying his time off with Trooper Neilson and his family.

Thank you, Hunter, and enjoy your days in the sun, good boy.

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