The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force lost a valuable member last week. K-9 Deputy Michael Malinois aka “Mike” is heading for retirement after eight years with the Narcotics Task Force.
A special retirement ceremony took place at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, February 12.
K-9 Mike began his career working alongside his first handler, Detective Scott Newton. In 2011, K-9 Mike and Detective Matthew Hricko joined forces.
This K-9 team has taken home a couple of awards over the years. In 2012, the team was awarded second place at the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association Regional Narcotics Competition, and the following year, they placed third in the N.N.D.D.A. National Narcotics competition.
“K-9 Mike has proven himself time and time again,” said Hricko. “He has never complained about working the highway in over a hundred degree temperatures, midnight call-outs, or searching for narcotics in the most undesirable locations.”
K-9 Mike has also been part of more than a hundred demonstrations at schools, churches, special events and fundraisers.
During his time with the Narcotics Task Force, K-9 Mike and his handlers have seized approximately 220 pounds of cocaine, 75 pounds of methamphetamines, 25,745 pounds of marijuana, and five pounds of heroin with an approximate street value impact of $17,249,64. He has also been part of seizures that resulted in more than $4 million of U.S. currency. K-9 Mike has been involved in more than 250 criminal cases which have led to more than 300 arrests.
“K-9 Mike has been an extraordinary deputy not only for Fort Bend County, but for the entire region,” said Sheriff Troy E. Nehls. “We hope he enjoys his retirement…spending more time with Detective Hricko and his family…and we also want to thank him for his service to the community.”