Sgt. Thumann was recently recognized by the National Criminal Interdiction Conference for the largest single methamphetamine seizure in the nation, which totaled 130.1 pounds. But for him, that’s nothing.
“I’ve gotten a lot of plaques, I’ve won guns, recognized by senators and state representatives and that’s great, I’m glad that they appreciate all of the hard work, but the real award for me is actually finding the dope in the car. After the hours of training and the hours of stopping cars, to actually find the car that has the dope, that’s the reward that I look for,” Thumann explained.
Thumann is the epitome of a man who loves his job.
“That’s why he’s so successful at what he does, because he loves what he does, and Lobos is the same way,” said Lieutenant David Beyer. “I think he loves the job, loves doing it, and that’s why they’re so good at it.”
Just how good at it are they? Well, if the recent award doesn’t tell you enough, just last year Thumann and Lobos collected the following:
- Methamphetamine: 224.27 pounds. Estimated street value: $10,172,997.20
- Cocaine: 143.11 pounds. Estimated street value: $6,491,469.60
- Heroin: 17.82 pounds. Estimated street value: $808,315.20
- Marijuana: 882.6 pounds. Estimated street value: $485,430
- Cash: $963,182
That’s $18,921,394 in illegal products seized by one man and his K9 partner in only one year of their six-year career together.