K-9 Contributes to Nearly $700,000 in Drug Trafficking and Arresting Illegals

A K-9 from Florida used his skills to help with a major drug bust recently in Hernando County, and citizens are praising his efforts.

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said this week that the bust took place on Tuesday when a trooper stopped a Jeep Grand Cherokee on I-75 with a fraudulent Arizona license plate, WFLA reported.

The soldiers also learned that the driver did not have a license, the Florida Department of Traffic and Motor Vehicles noted in a social media post.

However, it wasn’t long before K-9 Titan snorted 5.5 pounds of heroin worth $693,000.

“The two occupants of the vehicle, Maurilio Garcia-Torres, 33, and Ivania Riestra-Garcia, 19, were determined to be undocumented aliens from Mexico,” the WFLA report said.

Maurilio Garcia-Torres and Ivania Riestra-Garcia, illegal aliens arrested for heroin trafficking and distribution. (courtesy Hernando County Sheriff’s Office)

The couple were arrested, transported to Hernando County Jail and charged with heroin trafficking, heroin distribution and possession of a drug trafficking vehicle.

Officials shared images taken after the bust, with K-9 Titan sitting next to an FHP vehicle while proudly displaying his find:

Today, while conducting a routine patrol in Hernando County, FHP soldiers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on I-75…

Posted by Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

“Give that puppet a steak with everyone! Good job!!” one social media user commented, while another said, “Great job FHP & Titan! Keep this drug off our streets!

Heroin is described as an opioid drug in powder form, or a black substance, known as black tar heroin, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

People who use heroin for a long time may experience symptoms such as insomnia, collapsed veins for those who inject it, damaged tissue in the nose for people who snort or sniff the drug, liver and kidney diseases, lung problems and mental disorders.

“Heroin is highly addictive. People who regularly use heroin often develop tolerance, which means they need higher and/or more frequent doses of the drug to get the desired effects,” the institute said.


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