K9 and partner help catch suspected drug dealer

Deputy Albert Sharp and K9 Titan helped the DEA catch suspected drug dealer Travis Williams in Independence.
Deputy Albert Sharp and K9 Titan helped the DEA catch suspected drug dealer Travis Williams in Independence.

INDEPENDENCE, LA (WAFB) - A sheriff's deputy and his K9 partner are being credited with helping the DEA catch a suspected drug dealer Thursday.

Officials said the suspect surrendered peacefully after finding out there was a possibility the dog would be sent after him.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said Deputy Albert Sharp and K9 Titan assisted the Drug Enforcement Agency in arresting Travis Williams, 32, of Independence.

Authorities said Williams was wanted on federal warrants for distribution of narcotics.

The TPSO said when agents arrived at the home they were told Williams was not there and consent to search was given.

Titan started sniffing around and "hit" on a closet in the hallway.

He and Sharp then searched the rest of the house and Titan alerted the deputy a second time of the closet.

The central air unit was inside, but it also contained a way into the attic.

According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Sharp yelled out he and his dog were there and Williams pleaded with the deputy not to send the dog up.

Williams was then taken into custody with no problems.

Investigators added Williams was considered armed and dangerous.

He also had an extensive criminal history.

Titan is the police dog that was shot during the search for fugitive Kaunda Magee in October.

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