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Men face charges after allegedly feeding drugs to narcotics K-9

Taylor Scott Pullen Taylor Scott Pullen
Connor Mordecai Connor Mordecai

Amarillo, TX - Two men face several charges after Potter County Sheriff's deputies caught one of them possibly feeding drugs to a narcotics K-9. 

Earlier this week, deputies said they found a variety of drugs including marijuana, mushrooms and LSD inside a car during a traffic stop on I-40. While reviewing video evidence from the stop, they discovered a suspect may have fed their dog some of those drugs.

Deputy Dustin Lansbury and his canine partner Paris are no stranger to making drug arrests. After Paris sniffs out drugs, she is returned to her kennel in the back seat. If there are multiple suspects involved, Lansbury sometimes puts one in his car while he questions another.

That was the case this week when Lansbury arrested Connor Mordecai and Taylor Scott Pullen from Utah, but Sheriff Brian Thomas said something unusual happened. "While he (Lansbury) had one of the guys in the car, he was giving the dog something to eat. He was taking something out of his pocket and feeding it through the cage to the dog. We don't know what that is so we are a little concerned about that."

Lansbury discovered the act later while watching video recorded by his in-car camera. "I was worried that whatever it was would have hurt her a lot and it scared me, so I had to check on her immediately," said Lansbury.

To him, Paris seemed a little lethargic, but a veterinarian said she now appears to be fine. They are just waiting on a blood test to see if anything unusual was in the dog's system.

As far as the suspect who allegedly fed Paris, Connor Mordecai now faces additional charges of interfering with a police service animal and tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair. That is on top of charges for possession of controlled substances and possession of marijuana.

"The dog is just like one of our policemen, so it is an offense to mess with and interfere with a police service dog," said Sheriff Thomas. 

For lansbury, Paris is not only a coworker but a part of the family. "She's just like having another child. I'm just happy she's okay, really happy she's okay."

Lansbury said her safety and health are a top priority when out on patrol and this incident is something to learn from.

Both suspects were booked into the Potter County Detention Center and the case remains under investigation.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10

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