Police: White Plains K-9 Sniffs Out Cocaine During Traffic Stop

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Detective Matthew Kittelstad (left) of the White Plains Police Department was selected to be the handler for K-9 Justice, who is trained to detect drugs Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The White Plains police K-9 unit was launched in June 2012 and funded with private donations. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains police K-9 “Justice” sniffed out seven grams of crack cocaine in a car during a traffic stop, leading to the arrest of two White Plains men, police said.

Police stopped Tracey Brabham, 43, and Geoffrey Ruff, 51, a little after midnight Sunday on Walworth Avenue. K-9 Justice indicated the presence of a narcotic in the middle of the bench seat in the 1993 Ford pickup F150. Police said they found seven grams of crack cocaine tucked in the middle of the bench seat.

Both suspects were arrested and charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. Both were held for arraignment.

K-9 Justice and K-9 Storm are the first-ever members of the White Plains Police Department's K-9 unit, which was funded by private donations and launched in June 2012.

Justice was trained to detect drugs, and Storm was trained to detect explosives and weapons.

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K-9s are an invaluable asset in police work. It is good to see that White Plains has gotten a K-9 Unit, and these magnificent animals will be worth their weight in gold to the officers who patrol the streets.

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