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Narcotics detection canine retiring this week

Diesel and his teammate, Officer Edwin A. Buyten, who is displaying a bag of methamphetamines that Diesel sniffed out while it was hidden behind the engine and firewall of a meth distributor's vehicle. Diesel and his teammate, Officer Edwin A. Buyten, who is displaying a bag of methamphetamines that Diesel sniffed out while it was hidden behind the engine and firewall of a meth distributor's vehicle.

KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii Police Department narcotics dog will retire at the end of the week.

Diesel is the department's eight-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever.

He began his career back in February 2007 as part of the certified narcotics detection team.

According to the department, Diesel is responsible for the following recoveries:

  • Roughly 8 pounds of methamphetamine
  • Roughly 20 pounds of marijuana
  • Roughly 2 ounces of heroin
  • Roughly 3 pounds of cocaine
  • Roughly $250,000 in cash seizures
  • Roughly 20 vehicle seizures

Diesel's most notable recoveries took place in Kona where he conducted a screen on luggage and helped police locate more than 2.5 pounds of methamphetamines, worth more than $150,000.

He also helped investigators locate more than five ounces of methamphetamines hidden behind an engine and firewall of a meth distributor's vehicle. Those drugs were valued at $15,000.

Officials say Diesel will leave the Kona police station on Friday to live out the rest of his days in the Waimea area.

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