K-9 unit Murphy’s first arrest

On March 11, around midnight, Garrard Police Officer Josh Gibson initiated a traffic stop on Lexington Road in north Garrard. Suspecting that narcotics might be in the vehicle, Gibson requested Garrard Officer Willard bring Murphy, the newest K-9 Unit, to assist. Murphy hit on the passenger door, giving officers probable cause to search the vehicle. Officers found a bag of suspected meth, marijuana and 739.00 in small denomination bills, indicative of drug trafficking. Officers arrested Christopher Estill and charged him with Trafficking in a controlled substance and took him to jail. Mr. Estill admitted that the meth was his and has learned the hard way not to bring drugs to Garrard County.

Officer Troy Willard and K-9 Murphy

K-9 “Murphy” officially joined the department on March 6, 2018. Murphy will be assigned to veteran Officer Troy Willard and is specifically trained in narcotics detection to assist with the drug epidemic facing our community.

Special thanks to Officer Jason Hendrix and Judge John Wilson who wrote the grant that allowed us to purchase this valuable member of our team. Having two drug detection dogs on the department will make us much more efficient and thorough in stemming the illegal drug trade in Garrard County. Murphy will be the second K-9 with our department, joining “Ranger” who joined the department in September 2017.

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