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Contraband sniffing K-9 officer heads for retirement

After four years with the department, a Customs K-9 officer is heading into retirement.

Blaze, who appeared in a Cayman 27 news feature in December 2014 shortly after his arrival, is the second customs K-9 this year to retire from active duty.

The beagle mix previously served with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office in Arizona, USA.

Senior Customs Officer Malachi Powery recalled Blaze helping uncover a large quantity of well-concealed ganja on a vessel search.

“If it wasn’t for Blaze, it might never have been found,” said Mr. Powery of the contraband bust. “So we want to say thanks to Blaze, and [for the] many other cases where he has located ganja and cocaine, illegal firearms and ammunition.”

Mr. Powery told Cayman 27 they may have found a ‘forever home’ for Blaze already. He thanked those who reached out with an open heart with wishes to adopt the furry former officer.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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