Money from Duval County Sheriff's Department drug forfeiture fund helped the county purchase two new K9 officers.

K9 Deputy Guerry and K9 Deputy Ebenezer recently joined the sheriff department helping locate narcotics on traffic stops throughout the county.

“Our department continues to strive to make forward progress to keep illegal activity out of our county,” said Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez.

The two K9's cost the department $21,000 each. They will be paired up with Deputy Samuel Paez and Deputy Ram Salazar.

Guerry and Ebenezer are specialized are specialized in tracing suspects and assist with patrol duties.

The K9 handlers, Paez and Salazar attended several weeks of training to learn how to interact with their K9 partners and become certified as K9 handlers.