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Minnesota BCA welcomes state’s first electronic detection K-9

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Credit: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
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ST. PAUL, MN-- Wednesday morning the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension welcomed the newest member of their K-9 unit.

A 2-year-old British named Sota. "We're pleased to introduce to you today the newest member of the BCA," said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans.

What Sota is capable of sniffing out will help the BCA all across the state.

Evans said, "She's specially trained to located electronic evidence such as USB drives, cell phones, and things as small as this USB drive I'm holding."

Sota is the first electronic detection K-9 in Minnesota and BCA officials say she'll work most often on child exploitation cases.

"Whether it be through child pornography investigations or those contacting your children online," said Evans. "These types of evidence are critical to proving those cases, and hold those accountable."

She is able to detect the electronics by sniffing for a chemical called triphenylphosphine oxide or TPPO.

The chemical is coding on all memory storage kits like cell phones and hard drives.

Sota has already assisted on 10 child exploitation cases and recovered 21 pieces of critical evidence.

A non-profit called Operation Underground Railroad donated Sota to the BCA.

They also covered up to $15,000 of her original training.

The BCA will cover the expenses of Sota's food, future training, and any equipment she'll need on the job.

According to the BCA, K9 Sota was originally trained to be a service dog in Michigan, but she was found to have too high energy for the role.

She was then transitioned to the electronic detection training at the Jordan Detection K-9 in Indiana.

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Emma Quinn

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