Sheriff's Drug Dog Found Dead

A drug dog responsible for the discovery of millions of dollars worth of narcotics has died.

"Ronnie" was just six years-old and served proudly with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office narcotics division since 2005.

The dog was found dead in his kennel at his handler's residence on May 2nd. The cause of death was listed as acute heart failure.

The sheriff's office says within his first two months of service, Ronnie found four kilos of cocaine and some $37,000 that belonged to a Mexican drug trafficking organization.

Ronnie was transported to the Rollins Laboratory in Raleigh for necropsy to determine cause of death and rule out the possibility of foul play.

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