Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office K9 Vinnie passes away

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials announced the passing of K9 Vinnie on Monday.

According to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page, K9 Vinnie started serving the community in July 2008 and was certified Single Purpose Narcotic Detection Canine “with an exceptional ability for locating narcotics.”

“His primary job was to deter illegal narcotics from entering our Greenville County Schools,” according to the post. “K9 Vinnie touched the lives of thousands of students from kindergartners to young adults through his countless classroom demonstrations, always displaying his high drive and determination to find drugs.”

According to the post, Vinnie reportedly conducted over 900 narcotic sniffs within the schools.

The sheriff’s office said the K9 also worked with the United States Postal Inspection Service during their investigations and seizures of illegal narcotics.

“K9 Vinnie is responsible for finding over a thousand pounds of narcotics and over a million dollars in U.S. currency,” according to the post.

Vinnie retired in April 2017 and continued to be in the care of his handler Master Deputy Jumper after being diagnosed with early stages of laryngeal paralysis.

According to the post, Vinnie passed away on Feb. 25.

K9 Vinnie EOW: 2/25/18

It is with great sadness the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office mourns the passing of our beloved K9 “Vinnie.”In July 2008, K9 Vinnie began his service to the community as a new employee of the Greenville County Sheriff Office. K9 Vinnie was a certified Single Purpose Narcotic Detection Canine with an exceptional ability for locating narcotics. His primary job was to deter illegal narcotics from entering our Greenville County Schools. K9 Vinnie touched the lives of thousands of students from kindergartners to young adults through his countless classroom demonstrations, always displaying his high drive and determination to find drugs. During his service, K9 Vinnie conducted over 900 narcotic sniffs within the schools. In addition to his service to the school district, K9 Vinnie was an invaluable resource to the United States Postal Inspection Service in their investigations and seizures of illegal narcotics. K9 Vinnie is responsible for finding over a thousand pounds of narcotics and over a million dollars in U. S. currency. In April 2017, K9 Vinnie was retired to the home of his handler, Master Deputy Jumper after being diagnosed with the early stages of laryngeal paralysis. On February 25th, 2018, around 1900 hours, Master Deputy Jumper’s beloved partner and family member passed away due to complications of this disease. ***K9 Vinnie's Record Breaking Statistics*** 1,312 pounds of Marijuana21 pounds of a Methamphetamine2 pounds of Cocaine 5 pounds of Hashish 4,423 Xanax Pills $1,078,885.00 U.S. Currency

Posted by Greenville County Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 26, 2018

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