Golden Retriever Finds $85,000 Of Black Tar Heroin In Backyard

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On a good day, you might expect your average golden retriever to find a few sticks, maybe an old tennis ball if he’s lucky.

Kenyon isn’t your average golden retriever.

In his hometown of McMinnville, Oregon, the 18-month-old dog discovered around $85,000 of black tar heroin, Fox 8 reports. It’s no small feat for a sheriff’s department, let alone a single dog, which is why Kenyon has also been named the YCSO’s “Honorary Narcotics K-9.”

“Kenyon’s owners, who wish to remain anonymous, thought Kenyon had located a time capsule buried by the previous homeowners, and for posterity’s sake, they video-taped themselves opening it,” the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “Once opened, they quickly learned it was not a time capsule but more likely some type of controlled substance. Kenyon’s owners then contacted law enforcement, and the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office arrived and identified the substance as over 15 ounces of black tar heroin.”

Opioid addiction and deaths from drug overdoses are on the rise all across the country, Sheriff Tim Svenson maintains, “and with the help of Kenyon, this large quantity of heroin is removed from our community.”

Kenyon was given the official Yamhill County K-9 citation ribbon, along with the honor of an irrevocable title.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee. Find more about Matthew on his personal website.