by: Jodie Fleischer Updated:
JONESBORO, Ga. - You've heard of a cash
cow. How about a cash dog?
"He was doing a search with his handler and alerted on cash that had the odor of drugs on it, and we seized the
The dog is named Pacman, but unlike his video game namesake, he doesn't eat pills. He sits down when he smells them. He and his handler are assigned to a Homeland Security task
"On another seizure,
Lawson purchased Pacman using
"It benefits Clayton County taxpayers because if [Pacman] is the finder of the cash or the drugs, then we get a higher percentage of what is seized," said Lawson.
She says when she first took office, the district attorney's forfeiture account only had
"We've bought three vehicles, I've sent people to training we couldn't otherwise afford, we've gotten courtroom equipment we needed, computer equipment," said Lawson.
Pacman and his handler can also be used to search local cars, houses and businesses. His nose finds probable cause for a warrant.
"The beauty of this, the bad guys don't get to keep the money, and the good guys get to use it to put the bad guys in jail," Lawson said.