Drug dog joins LCSO

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has a new four-legged partner in crime.

K-9 Deputy Bella, a two-year-old black lab, joins the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

Her name is Bella, a two-year-old black lab. Bella was trained at Kasseburg Kennels, just outside of Huntsville, Alabama.

She's been training with her handler, Deputy Brett Schmidt, since March. Together, they will make public appearances at schools and community events.

Bella will also serve North Platte and surrounding communities by sniffing out illegal drugs.

"We can only rely on our eyes to find narcotics and contraband, but she has the ability to pick up on the air scenting," said Deputy Schmidt. "She can find small amounts of marijuana, meth, cocaine and heroin that we would never be able to find if it's hidden a spare tire, dashboard, or in a compartment somewhere, she can pinpoint and tell us right away."

The sheriff's office has had a drug dog for at least 26 years. All of them were trained near Huntsville.