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The first K-9 pit bull in Kansas made his first drug bust

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The first pit bull K-9 police officer in Kansas recently recorded the No. 1 drug bust of his career so far, according to The Hutchinson News.

The News on Tuesday reported that Kano, a 55-pound dog who is a year old, helped find more than $7,500 worth of marijuana the day before in Great Bend, Kansas.

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday said that an arrest was made in the operation, with more expected.

Kano and his handler, Stafford, Kansas Police Department officer Mason Paden, were called to assist with the narcotics bus.

Paden and Kano typically work the night shift from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time in Stafford, and the Barton County Sherriff’s Office did not release a name of the person arrested late Monday.

Kano is unusual as he has one blue eye and one yellow version, a trait seen in as few as 3.5 percent of dogs.

The canine is named after Kano, a character from the fighting video game “Mortal Kombat” who also boasts two different colored eyes.

Kano is certified to detect marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and methamphetamine, according to Paden, who hopes to ultimately train him in tracking too.

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Stafford Police Chief Doug Brown on Tuesday said that his town has recently seen a rise in drugs, mainly marijuana and methamphetamine.

“I think there is a major influx right now,” he said, noting narcotics have typically come in waves during the decades he has spent as a police chief.

“I am a firm believer of being in the schools,” Brown added. “That’s where you will find [the drugs] the fastest in a small town.”

Kano was trained by Universal K-9, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs in San Antonio, Texas.

Universal K-9 rescues pit bulls and other dog breeds awaiting adoption or facing euthanasia from animal shelters so they can find a second life with law enforcement agencies.

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