Nacogdoches Co drug dog up for discussion by court

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Drug detection dogs are nothing new to narcotic investigations in Nacogdoches County. However, there's no clear cut drug canine unit policy. That could change when commissioners review and most likely adopt a measure.

In the meantime, Deputy Constable Rusty Allen and his dog, Miko are ready and willing to go to work whenever there is a call for duty.

For the last few days Miko has been enjoying a bit of R&R during the Christmas break, which may explain why the highly trained dog preferred to playfully roll in the grass on a sunny day, rather than quickly mind his handler.

"Miko is a male black lab. His commands are in Czech," explained Allen. "He is trained on and certified on marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroine."

Miko has already proven to be a valuable tool for Allen and his boss, Precinct 4 Constable Jason Bridges. "He had gotten a tip that there was a large amount of methamphetamine being shipped through Fed Ex and we used Miko to intercept that," recalled Allen. "We got a search warrant, of course, found the methamphetamine."

A scrap book documents the cases Miko and Allen have worked in both Angelina and Nacogdoches counties. The dog could soon become the ownership of Nacogdoches county, but no document will break up this duo.

"Lot of guys out here don't have partners, but I do," said Allen.

Allen's children recognized the bond which led to a unique Father's Day gift. A poem titled,"Partners" is framed along with a picture of Miko.

In return, dad allows play time for Miko and the kids. They tumble in the grass. It's difficult to tell who is happier, the children or the dog.

Miko is clearly part of the family, but knows he has only one true partner. Within in a few minutes Allen had Miko's undivided attention and he quickly responded to all commands, with no distractions.

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