K-9 Rex, who served with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department for eight years, was officially laid to rest this morning with a proper ceremony and burial service.
“He was one of the acting members of the Special Investigative Unit since 2007,” said Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio speaking.
The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department considered Rex to be a deputy sergeant.
“He was a dear deputy here with us, and he did a fantastic job during the time that he was here,” said Lucio.
Rex was ten years old and was active duty for most of his life. Without his contribution, it’s likely Cameron County would have hundreds of felons and drugs on the loose.
“He was trained to detect the odor of narcotics and currency,” said Lucio. “We depend on them almost 100 percent and they are very very good.”
He was taken to the local vet last week and stayed there for several days. He passed away just a few days later.
Even though Rex was getting ready to retire, Sheriff Lucio says he served with distinction. Rex was responsible for providing probable cause for hundreds of search warrants, which helped keep many narcotics off the streets.
“He was responsible for the detection of 80,000 pounds of marijuana, 300 kilograms of cocaine, 80 kilograms of methamphetamine, and over $5 million in money seizures,” said Lucio.
Rex assisted with approximately 300 felony arrests, and more than 200 misdemeanor arrests.
“We will miss him greatly, no question about it,” said Lucio.
The Sheriff’s Department hopes to find a new canine before the end of the year, or by the beginning of next year.