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St. Louis County has new K-9

St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Smith and K-9 Wesson are the newest K-9 team to serve the county. K-9 Wesson is a dual-purpose dog, trained in search and apprehension, and narcotics detection. (Photo courtesy of St. Louis County)

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office has a new crime-fighting weapon to serve the northern part of the county: Smith & Wesson.

That’s Deputy Ryan Smith and his new K-9, Wesson.

Wesson, a German shepherd from the Czech Republic, recently completed a 12-week training program and is certified to work patrol. He is trained in narcotics detection as well as search and apprehension, the county reported in a news release.

Wesson is one of four K-9s working for the sheriff’s office.

The Amsoil Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation chipped in $7,500 to help cover the cost of acquiring and training Wesson; donations are accepted at