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'Arf, You're Busted': Border Dog Sniffs Out $1.6M in Cocaine

'Arf, You're Busted': Border Dog Sniffs Out $1.6M in Cocaine
A U.S. citizen was arrested after a Border Patrol dog helped agents sniff out $1.6 million worth of cocaine at the Texas-Mexico border. (Chris Dorney/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 August 2018 12:22 PM

A U.S. Border Patrol dog helped agents sniff out $1.6 million worth of cocaine at the Texas-Mexico border Sunday, leading to one arrest, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement released Monday.

A border patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to a Ford Explorer at the Falfurrias checkpoint, north of McAllen, Texas, Sunday afternoon, the statement said. Agents found 20 bundles of cocaine weighing more than 50 pounds during the inspection.

The driver of the vehicle, who U.S. border agents said was an American citizen, was not identified, but he was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration along with the cocaine haul, the statement continued.

In 2009, the U.S. Border Patrol Canine Training Program and the Office of Field Operations Canine Training Program were merged to create the Customs and Border Protection Canine Training Program, which has added agents in high smuggling areas like the southern Texas border, according to the agency.

"The working CBP canine team has become the best tool available to detect and apprehend persons attempting entry to organize, incite, and carry out acts of terrorism," U.S. Border Patrol said on its website. "The canine program's secondary goal is detection and seizure of controlled substances and other contraband, often used to finance terrorist and/or criminal drug trafficking organization."

The McAllen Monitor reported in January that U.S. Customs and Border Protection broke ground on a new facility for the Falfurrias checkpoint.

"For many years the Falfurrias checkpoint has been the busiest in the nation for narcotics and human smuggling," Robert Galloon, patrol agent in charge of the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station, told the Monitor then.

"Our hard-working agents perform immigration inspections on more than 10,000 vehicles per day and they've been doing a fantastic job performing 21st century work at a facility that utilizes 20th century technology and design," he added.

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A U.S. Border Patrol dog helped agents sniff out $1.6 million worth of cocaine at the Texas-Mexico border Sunday, leading to one arrest, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement released Monday.
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