Law officers confiscated close to 130 pounds of marijuana on September 21.
MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. -
The small police department of Millersville will soon have its own K9 thanks to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
On October 11, during the Titans-Steelers game in Nashville, it was announced that Big Ben's foundation awarded a grant to the Millersville Police Department to fund the department's first ever drug dog.
The K9 is expected to arrive by the end of the year.
"I feel great about the deal. I am looking forward to getting the dog here and getting the dog on the streets," Chief Ronnie Williams told Nashville's News 2. "[Roethlisberger] said he was more than happy to do it. He is an animal lover and that is how he wants to give back to all the cities he goes too."
Chief Williams says the grant includes money for the K9, equipment and training.
Williams says the dog will be a huge asset in fighting alleged drug operations like the one discovered last month in the shadows of Millersville Elementary School not too far from the city's police department.
On September 21, agents with the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrested Frederick Zimmerlee and Frederick Dietz on drug trafficking charges.
Law officers confiscated close to 130 pounds of marijuana.
Chief Williams says he didn't learn of the alleged trafficking operation until the task force got involved. That may have been different had the department had its own drug dog.
The drug trafficking case is ongoing and more arrests are possible.
Zimmerlee and Frederick Dietz are being held in the Sumner County jail on a combined $970,000 bond.