Retired Carbondale, IL K-9 dies

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A retired K-9 with the Carbondale Police Department has died.

According to a statement on Facebook, police said "Viper" worked with Officer Mike Vaughn for more than 10 years.

He passed away in his sleep on April 23 according to the department.

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Viper's 12 year career was spent helping the public. The department said he was instrumental in the seizure of an estimated 1 million dollars in US currency and properties.  Viper seized numerous illegal firearms and narcotics.  Viper was deployed to track on numerous occasions resulting in a high number of felony and misdemeanor apprehensions and arrests.

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