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LSP mourns K-9 Luke's death

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Louisiana State Police (LSP) K-9 Luke became part of the LSP family in early 2013, after being donated to State Police by the Mandeville Police Department.

Luke was responsible for several large narcotics seizures during his career. One example was when he detected over an ounce of methamphetamine and 1200 pounds of marijuana in St. Martin Parish, and 420 lbs of marijuana in Westwego. The Westwego case led to the seizure of over $400,000 in assets. Luke was also responsible for the seizure of nearly $1.5 million in illegal narcotics proceeds and numerous stolen firearms. Luke detected a hidden compartment which concealed 5 kilograms of cocaine, which was part of a nationwide federal investigation. K-9 Luke also detected thousands of ecstasy tablets. He was instrumental in several other federal and state narcotics cases, according to a post on LSP's Facebook page.

K-9 Luke retired from LSP in March 2017 due to declining health. He was 12-years-old and passed away last week from cancer complications.

LSP K-9s are part of the LSP family and become an integral part of their handler's family as well. All of the K-9s play a very important role in narcotics detection across the state of Louisiana. K-9 Luke will be fondly remembered and missed, especially in the Troop B area where he lived and worked.

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