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'Grissom' the narcotics-sniffing K-9 retires

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After nine years of service, a hard-working member of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will spend his retirement as a family pet.

Edina Patch reports "Grissom," a narcotics K-9 officer, will live at home with his deputy partner. The Labrador mix is credited with getting thousands of pounds of illegal substances and over $2 million in drug money off the streets.

As a puppy, Grissom was placed in the Buffalo Animal Shelter where several adopting families returned the mutt because of his high energy--a requirement of a law enforcement K-9, according to a county news release.

Grissom and his partner have been honored with numerous awards and letters of commendation for their work.

One of the deputies' fondest memories of Grissom's career is a 2004 incident in which a drug suspect carrying an ounce of cocaine fled from Minneapolis police.

When the suspect was caught, the drugs were gone.

Forty minutes later, Grissom was found pawing at a neighborhood flower bed, removing dirt that covered the bag of drugs.

His last day on the job was March 21.

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