CBP K-9 Officers pair up with Louisville LEOs for 37 drug seizures

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–CBP K-9 officers joined forces with state and local law enforcement for a long-term operation leading to multiple significant drug seizures at the CBP Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville, Kentucky.

Over the course of several weeks, CBP officers, assisted by detector dogs Thibo and Pucky, netted 37 seizures for a total of 336 pounds of marijuana, 519 THC vapes, 1.24 pounds of THC wax, and 1.3 pounds of THC oil.

“We maintain strong partnerships with our law enforcement counterparts,” said (Acting) Area Port Director Eugene Matho. “We are proud of our canine teams and their handlers for continuing to keep our communities safe. These cooperative operations help us build our intelligence capabilities, identify and mitigate threats, and better effect our mission.”

Narcotics detector dog Pucky, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been working with CBP for four years. Thibo, also a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, started with CBP just two years ago. Over the course of their CBP careers they have collectively sniffed out more than 823 shipments of illicit narcotics, translating to thousands of pounds of dangerous drugs not reaching the streets.

All 37 seizures were found without any advance intelligence or notification, something referred to as a “cold hit.” The narcotics were turned over to the Kentucky state and local officials for any further enforcement actions.

With more than 1,500 canine teams, the CBP Canine Program is the largest and most diverse law enforcement canine program in the country. The Canine Program supports canine training initiatives and serves as a resource center for a multitude of domestic and international law enforcement partners, and its graduates consistently excel in the field and in competition.