Aggie

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  • Name: Aggie
  • Specialty: Explosives Detection
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Yellow
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 54 pounds
  • Birthday: April 25, 2011
  • Training: ATF National Canine Center, Front Royal, VA
  • Handler: Special Agent Canine Handler Terry Besta
  • Location: Phoenix Field Division

Aggie is an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC) currently stationed in Phoenix. Aggie's primary mission is to serve the people of Arizona and New Mexico by assisting ATF special agents in locating evidence for federal firearm and explosives investigations. Aggie also assists state and local law enforcement agencies by searching for evidence and securing venues with her handler.

ATF and the Phoenix Police Department Gang Unit recently executed multiple search warrants in their investigation of a local street gang. The agents/officers conducted a search of the residence and the vehicle belonging to the gang's leader, who was known to carry a firearm when selling drugs from his vehicle. No firearms were found during the initial search. SACH Terry Besta and K-9 Aggie were deployed to search the leader's vehicle and during the search of the interior, Aggie alerted to the presence of an explosive odor near the steering wheel, behind the dash. A hand search by agents located a 9 mm pistol secreted behind the dash.

K-9 Aggie was born in Patterson, N.Y., at the Guiding Eyes for The Blind breeding facility. She has five siblings who serve as guide dogs. Aggie was recruited from the Guiding Eyes for The Blind program on Dec. 12, 2012, when she began training for her current role as an ATF EDC. When not working, Aggie enjoys spending time at home with her two playmates, Jake and Jessie, also Labrador retrievers.

Recent Find
 
ATF and the Phoenix Police Department Gang Unit recently executed multiple search warrants in their investigation of a local street gang. The agents/officers conducted a search of the residence and the vehicle belonging to the gang's leader, who was known to carry a firearm when selling drugs from his vehicle. No firearms were found during the initial search. SACH Terry Besta and K-9 Aggie were deployed to search the leader's vehicle and during the search of the interior, Aggie alerted to the presence of an explosive odor near the steering wheel, behind the dash. A hand search by agents located a 9 mm pistol secreted behind the dash.
Last Reviewed April 21, 2017