Though it’s been proven that drug sniffing dogs are not the most accurate when it comes to drug detection, they still appear to be reliable for the authorities. On January 7, thanks to a K9’s nose, US Customs agents were made aware of a humongous, $4 million haul of cocaine and heroin in a shipment of exotic South American vegetables, in Brooklyn.
According to the NY Daily News, 121 pounds of heroin and eight pounds of cocaine were discovered in boxes of malango, a tropical root vegetable and other veggies. The Daily News, “The 970 packages of heroin has an estimated street value of more than $3.5 million, and 58 packs of cocaine is worth more than $135,000.” The shipment was sent to the Red Hook Terminal from Ecuador. Its ultimate destination was Miami. All of the drugs were turned over to Homeland Security.
Friday’s seizure is reportedly the third largest in the history of the US Customs and Border Protection office in New York. “This is a significant seizure,” said head of New York Field Operations Robert Perez. “The ongoing partnership between CBP and (Homeland Security Investigations) continues to produce results that protect the American public. This intercept prevents a large quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.”