Aberdeen, Brown County get funding to cover costs of implementing drug-sniffing canine unit

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ABERDEEN, South Dakota — The Aberdeen Police Department and Brown County Sheriff's Office have been awarded funding to cover the costs of implementing a drug-sniffing canine unit.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says the $17,000 comes from the Drug Control Fund, which uses money seized from drug arrests to fund local law enforcement programs aimed at curbing drug abuse.

Aberdeen police Chief Dave McNeil says dogs are "instrumental" in the detection and prohibition of drugs. He says his department looks forward in deploying their new assets.

The plan is to have a canine and handler to work with both the city and county.

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