One of WHP’s Four Legged Finest Retires
August 1st, 2017 marked the retirement of Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 Basil after nine years of service with Patrol. Basil was assigned to Trooper Barry Tippy in the Rock Springs, Wyoming area. Trooper Tippy and Basil started their partnership in the fall of 2008.
During the course of Basil’s career, he was deployed 473 times and sniffed out:
- 4 pounds of Marijuana
- 122 grams of Cocaine
- 8 grams of Methamphetamine
- 93 grams of Heroin
- 5 grams of other illegal narcotics
Basil was also responsible for finding 12 guns that were used in the commission of drug trafficking and helped confiscate $401,985 in currency.
K-9 Basil loved being petted and getting all of the attention when he attended special events around the state. Basil will now spend the rest of his time chasing tennis balls, lying around and enjoying a well deserved retirement. Trooper Tippy has also taken on a new duty with the Highway Patrol. He has been assigned to be the new K-9 coordinator for the agency.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol currently has 10 narcotic and two explosive detection dogs across the state.