CHP K-9 Officer Beny continues hot streak with latest drug bust
Photos: CHP – Merced
Originally published 12-5-20 via Facebook
by CHP – Merced:
“On December 4, 2020, at approximately 1427 hours, a California Highway Patrol Officer conducted an enforcement stop on a maroon 2012 Chrysler 200 for a violation of 22356(b) of the California Vehicle Code (speeding).
During the course of the contact, the officer noted several factors and tradecraft that led him to believe the occupants were engaged in criminal activity. CHP K9 Officer, “Beny” was asked to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive alert to the odor of narcotics.
A subsequent search revealed a hidden compartment built into the rear seats. Once the compartment was accessed, five large packages of suspected counterfeit Oxycodone pills were recovered. The pills had a weight of 11 pounds and are believed to contain fentanyl. The suspects attempted to conceal the odor of the pills by adding ground coffee in each of the packages. Valiant effort but Beny is much smarter than that.
A preliminary estimate puts the street value of the pills at over $750,000. Both subjects were arrested and charges of 11351, 11352(a) and 11352(b) of the Health and Safety Code are pending.”