K9 officer retires with over 400 drug arrests

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – A K9 officer credited with assisting in over 400 drug arrests has been retired by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

K9 Jip is an 8-year-old Black Labrador Retriever trained in narcotics detection and article searches who served with Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE). According to ALE, Jip was responsible for locating 50 pounds of marijuana, 1 pound of fentanyl, 48 grams of cocaine, and roughly $1.2 million dollars in cash.

Jip is retiring with her handler, ALE Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Mark Lesassier. She has been Lesassier’s K9 partner since 2016.