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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama K-9 who died after coming into contact with a narcotic during a prison contraband search has been honored with a 21-gun salute and commendation from Gov. Kay Ivey.
The 4-year-old Malinois named Jake was honored Tuesday at a memorial service at the Staton Kennel Complex in Elmore.
The K-9 became ill in mid-July after encountering a powdery synthetic street drug known as flakka during a routine contraband sweep.
Jake was remembered as both a “knucklehead” and the best narcotics-sniffing dog in the state.
Officials are still investigating the source of the narcotic at the facility and expect to bring charges in the coming months.
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The Department of Justice noted in an April report that drugs are among the biggest problems in Alabama’s embattled prison system.
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