GRAYSON CO., Texas -- With methamphetamine posing such a big problem for Grayson County, law enforcement officials shared with News 12 some of their tactics to combat the drug.
In the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, there's Thor. He's a German Sheppard from the Czech Republic that specializes in sniffing out narcotics.
Thor works alongside his human partner, Deputy Mark Haning.
"We work highway interdiction," Haning explained. "We look for people coming from the Dallas area that's coming back north."
Haning and Thor's partnership are just one example of how officers are working to curb the meth problem in our area.
"There's things that we may hand search a car for and totally miss it because it's it's hidden in a compartment," Haning said. "[Thor]'s going to start scratching, that's his alert.. and he's going to start barking at where the odor is coming from."
Haning estimates that 90 percent of the drug cases he deals with involve meth. He said Thor has proved to be an incredibly useful resource for the department.
Most of the drug crime he encounters, Haning said, is on traffic stops while he patrols the highways throughout the county.
On the local level, Denison and Sherman police say working with not only the sheriff's office, but state and federal agencies, like the Drug Enforcement Agency, is key.
"We request assistance, we respond to requests for assistance from other agencies," Lt. Mike Eppler of the Denison Police Dept. said.
That includes sharing information about sellers, dealers and producers -- particularly with federal agencies.
"To get federal charges against these people, so, the time that they spend will be time for time. It'll be potentially a stiffer sentence," Sgt. D.M. Hampton with the Sherman Police Dept. explained.
Eppler said the war with meth is something all law enforcement is battling, and they need to stick together to successfully put an end to it.
But there's another source of information that authorities find important: the public.
"The information they give us might, for example a vehicle description, be the piece of the puzzle our narcotics officers are looking at," Hampton said.
Eppler said citizens would be wrong in thinking that the department doesn't take tips seriously or doesn't look into them.
Rather, he explained, tips are welcomed by police and can greatly aid narcotics investigators in making arrests.
Law enforcement officials encourage anyone with information to alert authorities.
News 12 has posted links to more information for reporting tips in Denison, Sherman and to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office (SEE RIGHT, or ABOVE on mobile app)
Editors Note: This story on meth is part of series of stories News 12 will be doing about the drug. Next week, we'll take a look at the issue of addiction.