Police dog sniffs $10.5 million worth of cocaine from tomato shipment
A K9 in Las Vegas snorted more than $10 million worth of cocaine among a truckload of tomatoes, police said, with online commentators praising the crime-fighting dog.
Detectives first stopped the truck for erratic driving near I-15 and St. Rose Pkwy around 2:30 a.m. Friday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a Facebook post.
“The nervous driver had a story that didn’t match,” the police department said. Officers then called a K9, Nuggetz, who alerted them to the presence of drugs.
“LVMPD K9 Nuggetz indicated a positive drug alert which led to a search,” the department said.
“Among the load of tomatoes, we found 230 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $10.5 million.”
Two men, Nanak Singh and Chandra Prakash, were arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance.
The department’s Facebook post included a photo of Nuggetz wearing sunglasses. Commentators raved about the praise and urged officers to reward Nuggetz with a special treat.
“Love it! Hooray for LVMPD and K9 Nuggetz! Thumbs up! Nuggetz is so awesome in his sunglasses…cool dude!” a commenter wrote.
Another added: “Excellent Officer Nuggetz! Hope you get some extra goodies for a job well done!”
Another wrote: “Did Nuggetz get a gourmet dinner and spa day?!”
And another person wrote: “Someone bought k9 officer Nuggetz a steak dinner. Super officer ‘collar’ Nuggetz.”
The bust comes after another K9 snorted $3 million worth of fentanyl during a traffic stop in California earlier this year. This incident, in January, began with the arrest of a driver for speeding.
Things just didn’t end when the driver and passenger answered questions, prompting officers to ask K9 Beny to sniff the exterior of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed about 75 pounds of counterfeit Oxycodone pills believed to contain fentanyl, authorities said.
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs have 225 million scent receptors in their noses and can learn to detect various drugs, explosives and accelerators.
A few specific breeds are commonly trained as police dogs, including Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds.
“The dogs are capable of carrying out their tasks anywhere and are most often seen searching for explosives and illegal drugs at airports and border entries, large explosives events and even civilian vehicles. that have been intercepted,” the AKC’s website says.
“Military dogs are also trained to detect landmines, in order to protect their handlers and personnel from danger.”