Trooper Josh McLeod and Canine Stazi
On March 30, 2011, Trooper Josh McLeod was assisting the Drug Enforcement Agency with executing a federal arrest warrant on a subject in Jacksonville. As officers were arresting the individual, McLeod detected the distinct and obvious odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the residence. He obtained a warrant to search the residence for additional evidence. McLeod discovered 63 hydroponic marijuana plants, numerous articles of drug paraphernalia and cultivation equipment. He also discovered 104 stacks of United States currency in rubber banded bundles totaling $102,697, along with ecstasy pills and cocaine.
On April 21, 2011, the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office requested the assistance of the Patrol’s canine, regarding a suspicious parcel. McLeod and his canine partner, Stazi, responded and conducted an open air sniff on a parcel line up. Stazi alerted to presence of a narcotic odor on the suspicious parcel. A search warrant was obtained by the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office and upon execution of the warrant, officers found approximately 22 pounds of marijuana in the parcel. Members of the Postal Inspector’s Office requested the Patrol to assist with the delivery of the parcel at which time the troopers arrested the addressee for various drug charges.