By Pat Caldwell
NYSSA – The newest weapon targeting illegal drugs in Nyssa just hit the streets.
Indigo, a 2-year-old, pitbull-Jack Russell mix, is ready to go.
Indigo joined the Nyssa Police Department three weeks ago and his handler, patrolman Ricky Branin, said he is needed.
Branin said Indigo gives the small agency an added advantage to eradicate illegal drugs in town.
“He can find the drugs a lot quicker than we can,” said Branin.
That’s because before Indigo and Branin began their mission, they underwent 10 weeks of training in Washington. Branin and Indigo started from scratch and trained every day in a methodical program to teach the dog how to root out illegal narcotics.
The first step, Branin said, was teaching Indigo the different odors for each drug.
“Then you have to teach them to sit on the odor when they . . .