SHALIMAR — An Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office K-9 narcotics bust earned Deputy Jonathan Duenas and K-9 Axel the U.S. Police Canine Association’s “Top Detector Case of the 2nd Quarter” for Region 1.

Duenas and Axel were assisting the Sheriff's Office's Street Crimes Unit with a high-risk arrest arrest warrant May 25, 2018.

After the suspect, 33-year-old Sean Ruiz of Dell Road in Fort Walton Beach was taken into custody on drug and weapons charges, Axel conducted a free-air sniff on his vehicle in front of the home, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

Axel quickly focused on the driver’s side door and began jumping up, a common behavior when he detects drugs, the press release said.

The vehicle was towed and a search warrant secured. During the search, a small canvas bag was found in the driver’s floorboard. It contained 97 grams of methamphetamine, four grams of heroin, one gram of fentanyl, six grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Four sealed bags containing more than four pounds of marijuana were also found, the Sheriff's Office said.

Duenas was presented the award last month at the K-9 Recertification Trials in Lakeland.