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“He and his handler are well-trained and highly motivated to get illegal drugs off the streets,”
– Lt. Joshua Longoria
The Frio County Sheriff’s department is crediting its drug-detecting canine, Jax, for the removal of over ten kilograms of cocaine from the streets last week.
According to the department, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper effected a routine inspection on a commercial vehicle at mile marker 91 on IH-35 on Tuesday, August 17.
Police say the driver, 29-year-old Leonel Gonzalez, of Laredo, was acting strange, prompting the trooper to request a canine unit to the scene.
Frio County deputies responded and conducted a search of the freight truck. Jax immediately alerted law enforcement to a cardboard box that was found on the storage rack above the bed of the cab.
Inside deputies discovered 11.5 kilograms of cocaine Gonzalez had attempted to conceal by using black duct tape to wrap multiple bundles.
Gonzalez was arrested and transported to the Frio County Jail without incident.
“Jax has been a blessing to this department,” Frio County Lt. Joshua Longoria said. “He and his handler are well-trained and highly motivated to get illegal drugs off the streets.”