Texas Highway Patrol

DALLAS, Texas — Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Narcotics K9 Bleck has died in the line of duty, the agency announced yesterday.

"It is with sadness that we share the news about the passing of one of our narcotic detector canines, Bleck, who passed away in the line of duty on June 1," stated DPS.

Bleck was 8-and-a-half years old and joined the DPS canine team after graduating the narcotics-detector handler school.

"Canines are a valuable asset to law enforcement, and they play a vital role in protecting and serving the state of Texas through their work to interdict criminals and take narcotics off the streets," stated DPS.

Throughout his career, Bleck conducted 281 searches which resulted in the discovery and seizure of 84 pounds of marijuana, more than a kilo of cocaine and heroin, more than nine kilos of methamphetamine, and $302,859 in currency.

"We are thankful for Bleck’s four-and-a-half years of service to the department," continued the department. "In this short time, he helped make our communities safer, and we will always be thankful for Bleck’s service to DPS and our state."