Eagles’ Fletcher Cox Honored For Funding Atlantic City, NJ, Police K9
Philadelphia Eagles player Fletcher Cox was in South Jersey Tuesday to be recognized for funding the newest member of the Atlantic City Police Force, a drug-sniffing K9.
Two-year-old K9 Narco is trained in patrol and narcotics detection.
Cox, the veteran Pro Bowl defensive tackle, was honored at a press conference hosted by Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small and Atlantic City Police Chief James Sarkos. The press conference was held at the John “Sonny” Burke Canine Training Center in Corbin City.
Narco, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was purchased from funds donated by Fletcher Cox to the Atlantic City Police Department.
Narco, and his partner Officer Adrian Nunez-Santos, graduated from K9 Patrol Scent Class in March after completing an intensive 23-week K9 training program at the John "Sonny" Burke Canine Training Center.
“As both a Philadelphia Eagles fan and an Atlantic City fan, this is extra special,” said Mayor Small. “The greatest police department in the world now has a new K-9, and we owe that to Fletcher Cox. Through his donation, Fletcher is showing us he doesn’t just make an impact on the field, but off it as well. Narco has already proven to be a worthwhile addition to the Atlantic City Police Department, and we can’t thank Fletcher enough for his generosity.”
Since graduating, K9 Narco and Officer Nunez-Santos have been hard at work and have been involved in numerous drug-related cases including eight positive sniff tests performed by Narco that resulted in the recovery and seizure of large quantities of drugs, paraphernalia, and cash.
A.C. Police Chief James Sarkos pointed out the impact narco has already had since joining the force two months ago.
"Fletcher's generous donation has fully sponsored the purchase of canine Narco, who has already proven to be a valuable asset in making the streets of Atlantic City safer, recovering dangerous and often times deadly drugs including heroin, fentanyl, prescription pills, cocaine and methamphetamine.”