A Texas K-9 discovered an estimated $1.7 million worth of marijuana and mushroom chocolate bars during a traffic stop in North Texas last week, authorities said.
In a Facebook post Saturday, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said an officer pulled over a white Toyota Tacoma pickup truck pulling a U-Haul pickup trailer after it was seen swerving erratically. Wise County is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
The driver, whom Akin described as “extremely nervous,” told the officer that he and his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat, were on their way to a funeral in southeast Texas.
The grandmother, however, told the officer a different story, explaining that the two were driving to Tennessee and had a trailer full of furniture with them, Akin said.
When K-9 Benni arrived on the scene, he quickly detected “floating odors” and alerted deputies, the sheriff said. When they opened the trailer, they discovered not furniture, but 31 sealed moving boxes that included 840 pounds of marijuana, 242 pounds of “psilocybin mushroom-infused candy bars,” and 1,100 THC vape cartridges.
All of the loot had an estimated value of $1.7 million, Akin said.
The driver and his grandmother were arrested on multiple counts of possession of controlled substances. Their bail was set at $70,000 each, according to Akin. Their names were not revealed.
The Wise County Messenger newspaper reported that the two suspects later told officers they were originally from Temecula, California, and had traveled from Las Vegas.
K-9 units are hard to fool, since they have 200 million scent receptors, as opposed to the 5 million humans have, Akin noted.
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