Good boy! Pueblo County K-9 finds drugs inside stuffed bunny at rest stop

Fentanyl found in stuffed animal outside of a Pueblo rest stop
Published: Mar. 20, 2023 at 12:19 PM MDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2023 at 4:53 AM MDT
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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - It wasn’t just stuffing inside of a toy rabbit found at a Pueblo County rest stop.

Hidden within the toy’s cuddly exterior was a jar full of fentanyl.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies were dispatched to mile marker 112 off the interstate to help Colorado State Patrol with a rollover Monday morning. While there, a witness alerted them that someone involved in the crash had tossed a backpack out at the nearby rest stop.

Enter K-9 Edo and his handler, Deputy Martinez.

“Deputies located the backpack and K-9 Edo alerted Deputy Martinez of possible drugs in the pack,” the sheriff’s office said in a social media post. “Deputies found a stuffed bunny in the backpack with a jar containing fentanyl concealed inside it.”

Deputies also found a handgun and loaded magazine stashed in the backpack. The gun’s serial number had been altered.

The canine crimefighter didn’t stop there: he also sniffed out drugs in the vehicle involved in the crash!

Authorities said the three people involved in the crash, all under 18 years old, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. State Patrol said no charges have been filed and no names have been released as of Monday evening.

While the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and State Patrol wouldn’t talk on camera, 11 News anchor Grace Kraemer spoke with the Pueblo Police Department, which says fentanyl is a growing concern, not only in their city, but across the state.

“The danger with fentanyl is that it’s a lot stronger than regular heroin, or other opiates like that. Anytime we come across more than 10 pills, that is pretty significant for us,” said Sgt. Frank Ortega.

The rest stop is closed to the public.

“Awesome work, Edo and Deputy Martinez!” said the sheriff’s office of the team’s big find.