WHP announces passing of retired K9 ‘Kato’

Courtesy of the Wyoming Highway Patrol

The Wyoming Highway Patrol announced the passing of a retired K-9.

According to a statement from the WHP, on January 9th, 2019, retired K-9 “Kato” passed away after a brief illness. Kato began his career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol in 2008 specializing in narcotics detection assigned to Trooper Jason Green.

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In 2011, Trooper Brandon Deckert was selected as his handler and the team was assigned to Sublette County in Division ‘T’, replacing Trooper Jason Green who was promoted to Lieutenant at that time.

During Kato’s eight-year career, he was involved in several significant narcotics-related cases and deployed throughout Wyoming during concentrated “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area” details on Wyoming highways. Kato was deployed 321 times resulting in the seizure of 277 pounds of marijuana, 5.4 pounds of methamphetamine, $182,273 dollars of US currency directly related to drug trafficking, approximately 1 pound of prescription pills, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD and acid, five firearms, and two searches that led to the furtherance of Federal investigations involving domestic and international terrorists.

WHP officials say that one of the firearms located by Kato was found in a school.

The WHP says that Trooper Deckert and K-9 “Kato” were very active in their community of Pinedale, as well as other communities throughout Wyoming.