Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Preble County Prosecutor and West Alexandria Announce New Drug Canine

Published on November 24th, 2014


Preble County Prosecuting Attorney and West Alexandria have shared the cost of a new multi-purpose canine to assist in drug intervention on State Route 35

Preble County Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel has announced a new joint project with the West Alexandria Police Department:  the purchase of a new drug canine.  The new canine, “Max” is a two-year-old German Shepherd heralding from the Czech Republic, a common breeding-ground for police and military canines.  “Max” has been partnered with West Alexandria Police Chief Terry Strawser, and the two have already graduated from a six-week canine certification program sponsored by the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy.  “Max” is certified to detect the odor of all major contraband substances, including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, and is also certified to track fugitives by smell.

Chief Strawser reports that “Max” has already been used successfully many times since he hit the streets early this fall, resulting in several drug arrests in West Alexandria.  Most of the heroin in Preble County is brought to the county from the Dayton area with State Route 35 being the most common thoroughfare used by drug dealers and users.  Chief Strawser intends to use “Max” regularly in ordinary course of traffic enforcement in West Alexandria.

Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel:  “Any time a trained canine alerts to the odor of narcotics coming from a motor vehicle, an officer has the right under the Constitution to perform a warrantless search of that vehicle.  This explains how the presence of a trained canine at the scene of a traffic stop can greatly assist law enforcement in the war on drugs.    All money used by the Prosecutor’s Office to fund its 50% share of “Max” and the West Alexandria Police Department’s 50% share came from drug forfeiture funds collected from previous drug busts in Preble County.”