INDIANAPOLIS — Balbina is a specially-trained drug-sniffing dog working for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Credit Balbina for a big drug bust this week in Indianapolis.
According to CBP, federal officers seized more than $700,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana at the big FedEx sorting facility at Indianapolis International Airport.
Balbina sniffed out 59-pounds of meth and 32-pounds of pot arriving in four shipments. The first batch was heading to Texas from California. The shipper and receiver had the same last name. When Balbina alerted agents, they inspected and found 28-pounds of marijuana.
The second package was also arriving from California and headed to Texas. Inside CBP found four-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine and four-and-a-half pounds of marijuana.
The third and fourth packages Balbina sniffed out were sent from Florida to Georgia. The shipper for both of these packages was the same person. Both packages contained just over 27-pounds of meth.
Balbina has done this before. In March, the dog detected fentanyl with a street value of $1.5 million.
CBP has about 1,500 drug-sniffing dogs across the U.S. who screen arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products.