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From Dogs Trust to drugs bust

From Dogs Trust to drugs bust
Police Dog Chip hit the jackpot earlier this year when his super senses led officers to uncover £720,000 of cocaine hidden in a van which saw a man jailed for nine years.

On Monday March 4, Police Dog Chip and his handler PC Luke Pitchford were called to search a suspicious van that had been stopped on the A130 at South Wodham Ferrers.

Police dog Chip, a mixed breed who came to us from the Dogs Trust in Basildon, followed his nose to a hidden metal compartment in the van.

Using his super senses, Chip persistently indicated that something was hidden in what looked like an empty professionally fitted metal store.

The van was taken to Harwich International Port where it was x-rayed and six kilograms of cocaine and 35 grams of cannabis were revealed in an area concealed behind the metal store, which was being held in place by two large electromagnets.

This find led to a 25-year-old man being jailed for nine years at a hearing at Basildon Crown Court last Friday (April 26).

Jake Layzell, 25, of Newland Street was jailed for nine years having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of cannabis.

Our canine colleague Chip is specially trained to sniff out drugs, cash and weapons and this was a significant find as the playful pup has only been with us since November 2018.

Former stray Chip came to us after volunteer police officer SC Colin Moy spotted his talents and took him under his wing to test his suitability as a police dog.

After passing his training course with flying colours, Chip hit the streets of Essex in November 2018 with PC Pitchford.

Luke said: “I’m so proud of Chip, he’s a fantastic dog and has really proved his salt in his short career with us. I’m looking forward to more good jobs with him and I’m happy his talents are being put to good use.”

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