U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles III cleared his calendar for an important meeting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine teams in New Orleans Thursday afternoon. He said he wanted to meet the dogs that were instrumental to the success of illegal mail investigations.
Judge Knowles said he took note of all the search warrants he'd been signing based on positive alerts by canines Boris and Coda, and he wanted to meet the pair for their dedicated efforts. A self-proclaimed dog person himself, Judge Knowles admitted to bringing his dog to work with him after Katrina.
The New Orleans canine unit in CBP's Office of Field Operations has been providing narcotics detection service to U.S. Postal Service agents for more than 15 years and today they got to enjoy the recognition for that service. Over the last year the collaboration between the U.S. Postal Service and CBP OFO has produced 18 marijuana and 2 methamphetamine seizures. Those seizures resulted in five arrests.
"I am very proud of the contributions CBP officers make to the law enforcement community, and it is evident by the recognition of Magistrate Judge Knowles that our efforts are in the forefront" said Reginald Manning, director of CBP field operations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.