The nose of a West Shore RCMP Service dog led his handler to find a bag of cannabis hiding near a Langford elementary school Wednesday morning.

Police say Erik, a six-year-old German Shepherd service dog, was out on morning patrol through an open area near Lakewood Elementary School.

The dog caught a suspicious smell and led Cpl. Sansome to a bag of cannabis hiding behind a rock at the base of a tree.

A bag of cannabis was found by a West Shore RCMP K9 patrol officer and his service dog Wednesday morning near Lakewood Elementary School in Langford. Photo courtesy West Shore RCMP.

“Erik and the West Shore RCMP would like to remind everyone that while cannabis is legal, leaving it in a place where children and animals have access to it poses a risk to their safety. Please don’t leave it out for your child or pet to find and possibly eat,” said West Shore RCMP Cst. Nancy Saggar.

RCMP says if it is your bag, they have it at the West Shore detachment in Langford and left a note for those responsible to discuss why the bag was taken.

The West Shore RCMP k9 unit left a business card on a rock at the base of a tree where a bag of cannabis was found Wednesday morning by service dog ‘Erik’ near Lakewood Elementary School in Langford. Photo courtesy West Shore RCMP.

Police says Erik was happy to find the bag, since it meant getting extra dog treats.

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