(HorizonPost.com) – An agent with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prevented more than 1,100 pounds of methamphetamine from making it to the streets of America. Their detection method? The very sensitive nose of a K-9 officer working a truckload of watermelon. The dog was able to alert its human partner to the stash.
A 47-year-old Mexican national was driving a truck from Tijuana, Mexico, through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry into San Diego, California, when the pup caught wind of his illicit cargo. Hidden among pallets of the summertime picnic table staple, authorities found and confiscated 193 containers of speed with an estimated street value of $2.5 million. They also arrested the driver for allegedly smuggling the drugs.
CBP officers at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered more than 1,100lbs of meth hidden within a shipment of watermelons on May 18 after a canine team alerted to the shipment. The estimated street value of the meth is approximately $2.5M.
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According to CBP statistics, they seized over 170,000 pounds of the substance at the southwestern border in fiscal year (FY) 2020. Already in FY 2021, the agency has confiscated 105,032 pounds.
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