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Professional drivers in Four States receive first hand look at how K9 dogs assist in drug searches

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Professional drivers in the Four States receive a first hand look at how K9 dogs assist in drug searches.


The demonstration was held at Con-Way Truckload in Joplin, as part of an effort to take a memorable stand against illegal drug use.


Those who work at Con-Way Truckload know there is zero tolerance for drug use in the workplace.


"We have a good career here, and we don't cross that line," said Stephanie Klang, professional driver.


Managers at Con-Way Truckload say their drivers are often exposed to drug searches when crossing state lines, which is why the K9 University presenters were brought in.


"This gives them an up close and personal opportunity to see what the dogs can do," said Traci Crane, compliance manager at Con-Way Truckload. "They're family dogs, and they're approachable. They're doing a job just like us."


Leaders of the demonstration say it's important to understand current drug trends.


"I hope that we can get across the importance of maintaining a drug-free environment," said James Stone, dog trainer at K9 University. "All of our drug dogs, they're not there necessarily to bust bad people. It's to ensure a safe environment for those that are not users."


"These are the professional drivers that see it everyday," said Angel Soriano, guest speaker from K9 University. "They need to be aware of the fact that other people may not be as safe as they are."


Audience members say the capabilities of the K9 units are impressive, which many hope will deter people away from illegal drug use.


"Watching the dog work was incredible," Klang said. "Even sealed bottles, at one time, a sealed bottle of alcohol was in a plant where there was alcohol everywhere, so there's molecules on the outside of it. The dog can pick up on that too, so even a sealed bottle of alcohol is not good to have in the truck."


Presenters also discussed the importance of knowing the laws regarding drug use across state lines where jurisdictions may vary on regulations.

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