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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday December 21st, 2022 :: 12:06 p.m. PST


MEDIA RELEASE Contact: Lieutenant Greg Stark Release Date: December 21, 2022 Release Time: 12:05 PM

     The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office New Canine Team
The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office proudly announces the newest canine team to the patrol division. Corporal Buie and Canine Deputy Titan recently received certification and are the department's newest canine team. Corporal Buie and Titan specialize in suspect apprehension and narcotics detection (cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine). For those unfamiliar with the canine handler's course, this is a strenuous 320-hour foundational course covering several topics, including Tactical Obedience, Tracking, Search Techniques, and Officer Protection.
The Patrol Division is now staffed with two certified canine teams, Sergeant Moser / Canine Nox and Corporal Buie / Canine Titan. They will work on opposite squads, making them available most days of the week to handle calls for service, proactively police the community and assist Deputies as needed. 
On December 15th at about 8:00PM, Corporal Buie and canine partner Titan made their first arrest together. While on their way home from shift, Corporal Buie observed a U-Haul truck traveling at a high rate of speed on Hartvickson Lane, Valley Springs. With the recent uptick in crimes involving U-Haul’s within the community, Corporal Buie turned his patrol vehicle around to intercept the vehicle via traffic enforcement stop, however, he lost sight of the vehicle. While checking the area near Hartvickson/Vista Del Lago Drive, he located the U-Haul traveling on Hwy 26 towards Hwy 12. Corporal Buie followed the vehicle from a few vehicles behind, and observed the U-Haul pull into the gas station parking lot in the 500 block of Hwy 12 Valley Springs.
Corporal Buie approached the vehicle and contacted the driver Enrique Julian Espiritu, 32 years of age, from Valley Springs. A record’s check revealed suspect Espiritu had two valid failure to appear warrants (felony) and a violation of probation warrant (felony), both issued by the Superior Court of Calaveras County.
Suspect Espiritu was arrested without incident. During a search of his person, Corporal Buie located a knife in Suspect Espiritu’s pocket (a violation of his probation). Corporal Buie had the passenger, suspect Angela Rose Lindow, 36 years of age, Valley Springs exit the vehicle to allow Canine Titan to conduct a vehicle sniff. While conducting the vehicle sniff, Titan indicated the presence of a narcotic odor coming from within the vehicle. Corporal Buie confirmed Titan’s indication by locating multiple items of drug paraphernalia, (5) unknown pills, a baggie of methamphetamine, burglary tools, and a rubber container with a variety of fentanyl items.
A search of Suspect Lindow yielded drug paraphernalia and a baggie of methamphetamine. She was issued a citation at the scene and released.
Suspect Espiritu was transported to the Calaveras County Jail and booked. He was charged with 1203.2 PC probation violation (felony), 466 PC burglary tools (misdemeanor), 11351(A) HS transport of a controlled substance (felony), 11352(A)HS possession of a controlled substance for sales (felony), 11364(A)HS unlawful possession of paraphernalia (misdemeanor) and the three active warrants.
Please contact Lieutenant Greg Stark (209-754-6783) if you would like to schedule a demonstration regarding the capabilities of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office Canine Teams at a local community meeting or event.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Tuttle Dr
San Andreas, CA 95249

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Non-emergencies: 209-754-6500

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