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For Immediate Release: July 21, 2011
Contact: Lt. William Stidham (419) 422-6477


Patrol mourning loss of drug-detecting K9 Cheisa

COLUMBUS - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of one of their successful and dedicated drug-detecting canines, Cheisa, who had been with the Patrol since April, 2004. Cheisa passed away on July 16, 2011, following a brief illness.

K9 Cheisa, born in the Netherlands in 2002, was trained and certified in the detection of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and their derivatives. She was certified in narcotics detection by both the Ohio Peace Office Training Council and the North American Police Work Dog Association. K9 Cheisa and her handler, Tpr. Ryan Stewart, were not only utilized by the Patrol, but by various federal and local law enforcement agencies upon request. In 2004, K9 Cheisa was awarded the Hero of the Year Award, for the sniff and seizure of $1,456,092 of U.S. Currency. 

K9 Cheisa currently holds an Ohio State Highway Patrol record for a 15 pound heroin seizure. During K9 Cheisa’s tenure with the Patrol, she was responsible for having seized $16,539,736 in recovered assets and illegal drugs. The following is an overview of K9 Cheisa’s work:

Seizure                               Amount                       Worth
Marijuana & BC Bud             15 pounds                    $651,200
Cocaine                               121 pounds                  $6,200,000
Heroin                                  40 pounds                   $7,329,036
Vehicles                               10                              $94,000
U.S. Currency                       Total                          $2,243,250

K9 Cheisa resided with her handler, Tpr. Stewart and his family.


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