SAN DIEGO, CA – Drug-sniffing dogs have become a major key contributor in apprehending drug traffickers entering and exiting every state and country. They have become an essential tool in making the war on drugs a success without actually touching a suspected person.
Just recently in the second busiest crossing, Otay Mesa Port of Entry, a certain Luis Robert Revilla was apprehended as he was stopped over for inspection. He was driving his green Honda Accord.
According to reports, when Revilla, a US citizen, turned into booth no. 4 of an initial inspection, an officer from the Customs and Border Protection slapped the Accord’s rear quarter panel. On both occasions, the sides didn’t sound right, so they grew suspicious of Revilla and the contents of his car. It seemed to them that the sides of the car have hollows because of the sound it creates when slapped or tapped.
Another thing that made their suspicions stronger that Revilla might be hiding something was that the interior panel of the car doesn’t fit as tight as it should be. It was as if someone did a lazy job of removing it and putting it back.
With their doubts growing more than ever, another officer ran the car through an X-ray machine. They found something suspicious on the passenger’s side. Alas, a drug-sniffing dog was brought out to the scene. After the dog had circled the car, it gave the signal that made the officers sure that the car is positive of illegal drugs.
The officer found a total of 52 pounds of pot inside the car. Eighteen packages of cannabis were pulled out of the car concealed in the quarter panels. They also found some marijuana in the trunk of the car. Revilla was apprehended and detained for questioning.
The Customs and Border Protection officer said that a similar situation happens most of the time so an officer’s keen sense of observation should be well-enhanced. When in doubt, always double check to make sure no illegal things, or even person, can enter a country. Thanks to the drug-sniffing dogs, their job has become a bit easier.