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Greenville Co. deputies mourn the loss of beloved K9

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K9 Vinnie (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) K9 Vinnie (Source: Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)

Great sadness struck the Greenville County Sheriff's Office on Sunday after the passing of beloved partner and friend, K9 "Vinnie". 

Vinnie began his service in July of 2008 as a certified Single Purpose Narcotic Detection Canine. Vinnie was known for his exceptional ability for locating narcotics. Especially to deter illegal narcotics from entering Greenville County Schools where he conducted over 900 narcotics sniffs.

In addition to his service for the school district, he was an asset to the United States Postal Inspection Service. On this service, he was responsible  for finding over a thousand pounds of narcotics and over a million dollars in U.S currency. 

According to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, Vinnie's service ended in April 2017 due to his diagnosis of laryngeal paralysis and retired to the home of Master Deputy Jumper, where he passed away due to complications of this disease.

During his years of service, Vinnie helped seize the following:

  • 1,312 pounds of Marijuana
  • 21 pounds of a Methamphetamine
  • 2 pounds of Cocaine 
  • 5 pounds of Hashish 
  • 4,423 Xanax Pills 
  • $1,078,885.00 U.S. Currency

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