Border Patrol Canines Play a Vital Role in Texas
LAREDO, TEXAS—On August 24, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 encountered a maroon van from Mexico at the primary inspection lane. As the driver was being questioned by the Border Patrol agent as to his citizenship, a service canine alerted to the van, subsequently the agent referred the driver to secondary for further inspection.
While at secondary, agents discovered several bundles wrapped in electrical tape that tested positive for cocaine. A total of 13 bundles were removed from the vehicle. The contraband weighed 22.67 pounds and has a street value of $725,440. The narcotics, vehicle, and subject were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The CBP Canine Program is critical to the mission of the Department of Homeland Security: "To Protect the Homeland." CBP canine teams are specially trained to detect and interdict controlled substances, and concealed humans between our nation's ports of entry. As part of CBP's layered enforcement strategy, canine teams provide a higher level of security and detection capability while emphasizing a seamless conduit between existing technology and the proven capabilities of detector dogs. While the dogs usually get most of the credit for a find, it really is a team effort. A good dog also needs a good handler to direct the search and interpret the dogs' reaction to trained odors.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol currently has 114 canine teams and has apprehended over 577 pounds of cocaine alone during this fiscal year.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at (800) 343-1994.