The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency in San Diego says a "rookie" drug-sniffing patrol dog on its first night on duty Tuesday helped its handler find a nearly 500-pound load of marijuana, estimated at almost $400,000 street value.
The agency said Thursday that the drugs were found in nine duffel bags off a remote stretch of highway in Jacumba, about 75 miles east of San Diego. The route is popular with traffickers bringing drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.
The precocious pooch was described as a 2-year-old male German shepherd.
When reporters asked to see the new Star, they were told they would have to wait until the weekend.
"Right now he's higher than a kite."
"I guess he's getting a special treat", stated one reporter.
"He got his treat last night. What I meant was, he sniffed so much marijuana, he really is higher than a kite. Hear that silly howling. Sounds more like a hyena."
Agents say they have arrested a couple of suspected illegal immigrants who allegedly brought the drugs across the border.