A Texas K-9 discovered an estimated $1.7 million worth of marijuana and mushroom candy bars during a traffic stop in North Texas last week, authorities said.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy sheriff stopped a white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer after it was noticed swaying erratically. Wise County is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
The driver, who described Akin as “extremely nervous,” told the officer that he and his grandmother, who was in the passenger seat, were on their way to a funeral in Southeast Texas.
However, the grandmother told the officer a different story, explaining that the two drove to Tennessee and carried a trailer full of furniture, Akin said.
When K-9 Benni arrived at the scene, he soon detected “hovering odors” and alerted deputies, the sheriff said. When they opened the trailer, they discovered no furniture, but instead 31 sealed moving boxes containing 840 pounds of marijuana, 242 pounds of “candy bars infused with psilocybin mushrooms,” and 1,100 THC vape cartridges.
The entire haul had an estimated value of $1.7 million, Akin said.
The driver and his grandmother were both arrested on charges of possession of controlled substances. According to Akin, their bail was set at $70,000 each. Their names were not released.
The Wise County Messenger newspaper reported that the two suspects later told officers that they were originally from Temecula, California and had traveled from Las Vegas.
K-9 units are hard to fool because they have 200 million olfactory receptors, as opposed to the five million humans have, Akin noted.
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