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In tight spots, deputies call in man’s best friend

Deputy Daniel Lopez and his dog Solo have seized more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana since being matched up in January.

“He’s great,” Lopez said. “He is very social and loving and he loves to work. Solo is an all-round, nice dog. He meets the same standards as the other dogs I’ve had.”

The K-9 unit at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is putting a bigger emphasis on drug enforcement.

Lopez has been a deputy for 10 years and in law enforcement 12 years. In 2004, he became a K-9 officer and has had several dogs since then.

Solo, a 3-year-old German shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, is a large dog, weighing nearly 95 pounds. He was born in the Czech Republic and brought to the United States when he was 2.

Solo and Lopez were trained at the Worldwide Canine center in Spring Branch, Texas.