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Border Patrol canine helps agents nab couple trying to smuggle 137 pounds of pot in Arizona

December 11, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
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TUCSON, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol canine specially trained to sniff out various forms of illegal contraband helped agents stationed at the Tuscon Sector’s Willcox Station bust a Phoenix couple attempting to smuggle over 137 pounds marijuana last Thursday.

Agents intercepted the illicit cargo at the Tombstone, Arizona immigration checkpoint on State Route 80 after a specialized Border Patrol canine unit detected the scent of marijuana emanating from the back a Honda Ridgeline driven by a couple and alerted officers.

According to as CBP press release, Border agents referred the occupants, a 23-year-old male driver, and 25-year-old female passenger, both U.S. citizens for a secondary inspection.

CBP officials said agents conducted a subsequent search of the vehicle and uncovered 65 packages of marijuana weighing 137 pounds, worth an estimated street value of more than $68,000.

Agents seized the vehicle and drugs, while the man and woman were placed under arrested on smuggling charges.

Border Patrol utilizes cainines as a valuable law enforcement tool.

Using their use their heightened sense of smell, specially trained detection dogs can alert agents to the presence of various forms of illegal cargo including concealed humans, cash, drugs, along with banned produce, illicit ivory derived from rhino horns, and even invasive insects.

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