Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 Basil passes away

Remembered by co-workers as a 'partner, and most importantly, a best friend."

According to a press release by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, a former Narcotics Detection K-9 named Basil passed away on Wednesday.

The canine named Basil passed away at his home surrounded by his family.  Basil’s career began with the Wyoming Highway Patrol in the fall of 2008 and was assigned to WYHP Trooper Barry Tippy. Basil worked in the Green River/Rock Springs, Wyo. area until his retirement in September 2017.

Officials say Basil had a successful career and helped remove thousands of dollars of illegal narcotics and U.S. currency from the streets.

Over his career Basil was deployed 473 times and sniffed out approximately:

•720.4 pounds of Marijuana

•122 grams of Cocaine

•470.8 grams of Methamphetamine

•93 grams of Heroin

•1180.5 grams of other illegal narcotics.

One of Basil’s most notable seizures was 187 pounds of high-grade marijuana concealed in a compartment which was disguised to look like a banded stack of plywood.

Basil was also responsible for finding 12 guns that were used in the commission of drug trafficking and helped confiscate $401,985 in currency. One of Basil’s largest seizures was $287,000.00, which was seized from a known interstate illegal narcotics trafficker.

Basil also helped to make schools in the state a safe and drug-free learning environment by conducting numerous sweeps of schools and parking lots throughout Wyoming. Basil was also well known in his community. He performed demonstrations for civic groups and school classes in both Green River and Rock Springs, Wyo.

According to Tippy, he had the honor of being Basil’s handler, “Basil taught me many life lessons,” he said. “He taught me the meaning of the words; compassion, understanding, passion, humility, patience and lastly, love. Basil helped me through dark days in both my personal and professional life.  He listened to rants and never told a single soul.  My partner was there when I needed someone to hug and he never judged me for all of my shortcomings. Basil was my K9, partner and most importantly a best friend.”

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