• Name: JAM
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection/Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.)
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Black
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: 64 pounds
  • Birthday: November 1, 2013
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Robert G. Landis
  • Location: Charlotte Field Division

K-9 JAM is an ATF Explosives Detection Canine assigned to the Charlotte Field Division with Special Agent Canine Handler (SACH) Robert G. Landis. K-9 JAM’s job is to find explosives, guns and ammunition. He is also an ATF Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) able to work off leash up to 150 yards away from his handler and detect more than 19,000 distinct odors. K-9 JAM started his training with the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind.

Originally named “Samuel,” JAM was renamed to honor the memory of Special Agent Johnny A. Masengale, who was tragically killed in the line of duty on May 6, 1992. His name represents the initials of Special Agent Masengale.

Recent Find

In November 2019, a shooting took place at the Smithfield Meat Processing Plant in Bladen County, North Carolina. After the shooting, the suspect fled and was later found in the woods near the crime scene. K-9 JAM and SACH Landis responded to a request from local law enforcement for assistance with the investigation.

The day after the incident, K-9 JAM searched the wooded area near the meat plant and recovered the suspect’s firearm, two 30-round extended magazines, a third magazine and a box of ammunition. The suspect was presented with the evidence found by K-9 JAM, and confessed that he used that gun in the shooting. 


Last Reviewed September 28, 2020