Officer Eric Rose and his K-9
partner J-T are part of the new S.C.A.T. unit in Madison Township. The Special
Complaint Action Team is focusing on tips and complaints from residents and
cruising the township looking for anything suspicious.
This week alone, Rose and fellow
Officer Darrell Breneman seized a pound of marijuana and a handgun and made
several drug-related arrests including one for trafficking in a school zone and
another of a man believed to be connected to the Sinaloa Mexican drug cartel.
Isaac Eli Perez Neri was a
passenger in a car pulled over for running a stop sign. JT, a 6-year-old
German Shepherd, alerted to something in the car. The officers found traces of
drugs and a 9-mm handgun under Neri's seat.
Police said that once in custody, Neri
told them he worked for the Sinaloa cartel and was on his way to collect a drug
debt from a member of another Mexican cartel.
Rose said Neri told them
he had the gun to make sure he was able to collect the debt from a marijuana
"What he does is pick up money- pick up debts," Rose
said. "Where he feeds or funnels that (money) to, I don't know."
Neri will be arraigned in Franklin
County Municipal Court Saturday morning.