Alaska DOC employs first drug-detection K9

Marley, an 8-year-old lab, is moving from working with state troopers to sniffing out contraband behind prison walls

By C1 Staff

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Alaskan Department of Corrections is going to the dogs, and it’s a good thing.

The DOC has recently acquired its first detection K9 after his trooper handler decided to make a career change as well, according to KTUU.

Marley, an 8-year-old lab, will be detecting marijuana and other potential drug contraband inside correctional facilities, keeping it out of the hands of inmates.


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Marley is a single-purpose dog, meaning he can find drugs but not track suspects. He’ll now be partnered with prisoner transportation officer Lynn Hayes, and travel to community residential centers in search of contraband.

“Once acclimated to his new patrol areas, K9 Marley will be used to check vehicles, packages and general areas within the [prison] institutions and CRCs,” the department wrote in an official statement.

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