K-9 helps Border Patrol find fentanyl hidden in breakfast burritos

K-9 helps Border Patrol find fentanyl hidden in breakfast burritos
Yuma Sector Border Patrol canine finds fentanyl hidden in burritos. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A man is now behind bars after a Yuma Sector Border Patrol canine sniffed out several packages of fentanyl in his vehicle.

According to a news release, the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe was stopped around 3 p.m. at the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint on Monday, Mar. 29.

A secondary search revealed several small packages containing fentanyl pills that were stuffed inside breakfast burritos.

Officials say the packages had a combined weight of just over five pounds with an estimated street value of nearly $60,000.

The 37-year-old was arrested and the fentanyl was seized and processed.

CPB says smugglers often believe hiding drugs within food can deter canines, however, that is a false assumption. In reality, canines have the ability to detect a target odor among a myriad of other odors.

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